Numerical data are everywhere. Charts and statistics appear not just in geography journals but also in the media, in public policy, and in business and commerce too. To engage with quantitative geography, we must engage with the quantitative methods used to collect, analyse, present and interpret these data. Quantitative Geography: The Basics is the perfect introduction for undergraduates beginning any quantitative methods course. Written in short, user-friendly chapters with full-colour diagrams, the book guides the reader through a wide range of topics from the basic to the more advanced, including: • Statistics • Maths • Graphics • Models • Mapping and GIS • R Closely aligned with the Q-Step quantitative social science programme, Quantitative Geography: The Basics is the ideal starting point for understanding and exploring this fundamental area of Geography.

Data Presentation and Graphics

Data Presentation and Graphics

7.1 Introduction

This chapter takes a break from some of the mathematical and statistical intricacies of earlier chapters and gives attention to the visual presentation of data. There are a number of excellent texts on this subject, notably Darrell Huff’s classic How to Lie with Statistics (1991 [1954]), the various works of the statistician and artist, Edward Tufte, including The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2001) and Envisioning Information (1990), William Cleveland’s Visualizing Data (1993), David McCandless’s Information is Beautiful (2012) and Knowledge is Beautiful (2014), and Stephen Few’s Show Me the Numbers (2012). These books differ in their approach and focus but have in common a desire to present data effectively in ways that support the cognitive ...

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