Monthly Archives: April 2013

Barplot Madness

Maybe it is because of the change in fields and scientific environment, but I increasingly doubt data presented in talks, posters and articles. Mostly because I find myself wondering whether the choice of statistical description of the data makes any sense. I am not speaking of advanced statistics at all, just the simplest descriptive techniques and the choice of the right plot for it.

figure 1. X represents spike rates, categories cell types A and B respectively. Whisker indicates standard deviation.

figure 1. X represents spike rates, categories cell types A and B respectively. Whisker indicates standard deviation.

My doubts are usually raised when I see a bar plot as sketched in figure 1. What looks like a rather okay representation of data actually does not really give you an intuitive idea of how the data are distributed.
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Not even started and already late…

I guess by announcing my plans for the blog I did a common beginner’s mistake. I am whelmed with other work right now (for a change mainly public outreach, publications, networking etc) and hope I get back to the blogging idea in a month or so.

For now I would ask you to follow me on twitter (@DennisEckmeier) or use the RSS feed for announcements of new blog posts… if still interested, that is.