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What is the best solution to draw a fancy scatterplot ?

asked 2013-05-23 09:21:42 -0500

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updated 2013-06-17 17:59:50 -0500

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Datawrapper is a very good solution to draw fancy linecharts and barcharts. I wonder if there is any similar tool which would make it possible to draw a fancy scatterplot. I know that Tableau is one solution but it is not free software and it only works with Windows. Do you know any other solution ?

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Don't forget the ulimate goal of any graph : convey some information. If your graph is too fancy people will just look at those different tricks (color, sliders, etc.) you used to make it fancier and will miss the most important part. That being said D3 is very nice if you know some Javascript

dickoa gravatar imagedickoa ( 2013-05-26 19:17:59 -0500 )edit

Sure. When I say fancy, I just mean something with nice colors which would not scary non statisticians. D3js is still a bit complex for me.

PAC gravatar imagePAC ( 2013-05-27 08:57:44 -0500 )edit

Well, as far as I understand, Tableau Public is a free version of Tableau, which allows to create scatterplots. On the other hand, they say it's only for individual users and not for organisations (they should buy a premium version). But it seems to work only for Windows, which is a downside, yes.

Anna Sakoyan gravatar imageAnna Sakoyan ( 2013-05-27 13:52:06 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-25 04:57:24 -0500

Tony Hirst gravatar image

If you are already using R, then you could take a look at the (rCharts library).

This library works with a variety of Javascript charting libraries to generate a wide range of charts (static and dynamic/interactive) for viewing in a browser using a syntax that often resembles the ggplot2 syntax.

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Hey that looks much better than a few months ago

PAC gravatar imagePAC ( 2013-06-25 05:27:14 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-05-25 06:09:27 -0500

mihi gravatar image

You can use Google spreadsheets to do very simple interactive scatterplots - although it takes some work to make them look as nice as datawrapper. Possibly FusionTables as well - cannot check it though.

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Thanks. Surprinsingly, I've never used this tool.

PAC gravatar imagePAC ( 2013-05-27 08:58:30 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-05-24 09:31:53 -0500

Rufus Pollock gravatar image

What's a fancy scatterplot?

scatterplots are supported by almost every tool and I'd strongly recommend open-source for this be that a spreadsheet or matplotlib or a javascript library.

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Sure, I usually use R with ggplot2 but I would like something similar to datawrapper with labels appearing when you click on it, etc. I mean something that could be shown to non-statisticians.

PAC gravatar imagePAC ( 2013-05-25 03:35:30 -0500 )edit

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