Textbook for data visualization?

December 24, 2012

(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

Dave Choi writes:

I’m building a course called “Exploring and visualizing data,” for Heinz college in Carnegie Mellon (public policy and information systems). Do you know any books that might be good for such a course? I’m hoping to get non-statisticians to appreciate the statistician’s point of view on this subject.

I immediately thought of Bill Cleveland’s 1985 classic, The Elements of Graphing Data, but I wasn’t sure of what comes next. There are a lot of books on how to make graphics in R, but I’m not quite sure that’s the point. And I’m loath to recommend Tufte since it would be kinda scary if a student were to take all of his ideas too seriously.

Any suggestions?

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