Monday, March 28, 2011

On Tuftefying gnuplot

Marcus Ritt has a nice tutorial on how to make gunplot graphics a little more Tufte.

And Technolope also has some considerations on Tufte and gnuplot.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Latex following Edward Tufte

I was putting some sparklines at an web app I am designing. I am using the "Sparkline PHP Graphing Library" which is a well written PHP library for generating the famous sparklines created by Edward Tufte. So I was wondering which another advice I could pick up from Master Tufte... I went googling arround for Edward Tufte and a bunch of links came up but, the one which most called my attention was a Tufte-inspired LaTeX class for producing handouts, papers, and books. The samples provided by the web site are really well designed.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Javascript, visualization and statistics (Protovis and Jstat)

Last week I got faced with two very interesting libraries.

Protovis uses JavaScript and SVG for web-native visualizations. Protovis composes custom views of data with simple marks such as bars and dots.

Unlike low-level graphics libraries that quickly become tedious for visualization, Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction.

jStat is a statistical library written in JavaScript that allows you to perform advanced statistical operations without the need of a dedicated statistical language (i.e. MATLAB or R).

Read Write Web has also an article about other 20 JavaScript Libraries for Data Visualization