Monday, September 12, 2011

Reaction: Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation, and Application to the Development of Graphical Methods

This article was the most technical of the three for this week with good reason. The in-depth analysis and description of the different charts and graphs in this reading provided me with a lot of information pertaining to each type. My experience with graphing data is very minimal (i.e. limited to bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs), so the descriptions helped me understand how many different charts are meant to be viewed and how they should be created.

I think that this article could prove itself as a good reference for future use. The only downside I can see is the density of information. Although each type of chart has its purpose, I don't think I would be confident in choosing the best chart type for a complex situation. Ultimately, I would most likely end up relying on the "basic" 3 types.