Plotting interactions and non-linear predictions

When interpreting regression model coefficients in which the predictions are non-linear in the original variables, such as when you have polynomial terms or interaction effects, it is much simpler to make plots of the predicted values and interpret those than it is to interpret the coefficients directly. This came up in some discussion of interpreting...

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Using circular dot plots instead of circular histograms

Although as I mentioned in this post on circular helio bar charts, polar coordinates are unlikely to be as effective as rectilinear coordinates for most types of comparisons, I really wanted to use a circular histogram in a recent paper of mine. The motivation is I have circular data in form of azimuths (Journey to...

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Why I feel SPSS (or any statistical package) is better than Excel for this particular job

I debated on pulling an Andrew Gelman and adding a ps to my prior Junk Charts Challenge post, but it ended up being too verbose, so I just made an entirely new follow-up. To start, the discussion has currently evolved from this series of posts; The original post on remaking a great line chart by...

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Visualization techniques for large N scatterplots in SPSS

When you have a large N scatterplot matrix, you frequently have dramatic over-plotting that prevents effectively presenting the relationship. Here I will give a few quick examples of simple ways to alter the typical default scatterplot to ease the presentation. I give examples in SPSS, although I suspect any statistical packages contains these options to...

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Reference lines for star plots aid interpretation

The other day I was reading Nathan Yau’s Visualize This, and in his chapter on visualizing multi-variate relationships, he brought up star plots (also referred to as radar charts by Wikipedia). Below is an example picture taken from a Michael Friendly conference paper in 1991. One of the things that came to mind when I...

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