Cramming Sam's top tips from chapter 5

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  • The vertical axis of a graph is known as the y-axis (or ordinate).
  • The horizontal axis of a graph is known as the x-axis (or abscissa).

If you want to draw a good graph follow the cult of Tufte:

  • Don’t create false impressions of what the data show (likewise, don’t hide effects) by scaling the y-axis in some weird way.
  • Avoid chartjunk: Don’t use patterns, 3-D effects, shadows, pictures of spleens, photos of your Uncle Fred, pink cats or anything else.