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stronzo420
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: pretty graphs Reply with quote

Hi folks,

anybody have nice examples/techniques of creating pretty graphs? I'm mostly dealing with averages over time, so a few lines charted over a a series of days/months.

Thanks,

-J
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what you mean by "pretty". It might be multicoloured, or might be more of a pictogram. From the little information here, my first thought is a more suitable program like Fathom. Sorry, I don't have any on hand.

David.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: pretty graphs Reply with quote

stronzo420 wrote:
Hi folks,

anybody have nice examples/techniques of creating pretty graphs? I'm mostly dealing with averages over time, so a few lines charted over a a series of days/months.

Thanks,

-J

I agree with David. I think that you probably need a more sophisiticated graphing program.

I don't know anything about Fathom but I can recommend R and gnuplot. They both supply sophisticated graphing; R also is a complete data handling and statisitcs program. It has excelent times series applications and sophisitcated methods of handling dates and times. Both gnuplot and R have a bit of a learning curve but the results are of publication qualilty.

I have some nice examples but not done in Calc or Excel or any other spreadsheet. I don't think that you can produce pretty graphs with Calc. Spreadsheet graphing capabilities are fairly basic although they do allow one to produce really bad graphs like false 3D graphs.

Soime of my own examples but not created with Calc.
These were created with R
http://ca.geocities.com/jrkrideau/R/history.bars.png
http://ca.geocities.com/jrkrideau/R/heartbeat.png

This was created with gnuplot
http://www.mediafire.com/?6x2iulgne2q

And here is a gallery of various weird and wonderful things that you can do with R
http://addictedtor.free.fr/graphiques/
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