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Open Source/Freeware/Shareware

  • Arc (was R-code) - applying regression to data (Cook, Weisberg)
  • Descartes - Intelligent Mapping and Visual Data Exploration in the WWW
  • GGobi Data Visualization System (Swayne, Cook, Buja)
  • MANET treats missing values equally in an interactive statistical environment. (Hofmann, Unwin)
  • Mondrian is a general purpose statistical data-visualization system written in JAVA. It features excellent visualization techniques for categorical data, geographical data and large data.
  • R - flexible presentation graphics.


  • DataDesk - interactive tools for data analysis based on Exploratory Data Analysis (Velleman)
  • IRIS Explorer - General Data Viz tools
  • IDL - Focus on image Viz, but has modules that have novel multivariate tools, eg ENVI
  • ILOG Discovery - Visual data analysis tool to visualize and edit data sets in a very wide variety of views.
  • JMP - statistical Discovery Software from SAS Institute
  • jwave - web-based software
  • S-Plus - flexible presentation and ineteractive graphics.
  • Spotfire - general interactive graphics tools
  • Visual Insights - general information visualization tools; spin-off from lucent. Now with separate affiliate for data visualization: Advizor Solutions.



Special Issues



  • Parallel Coordinates
    Alfred Inselberg. Springer, 2009.
  • Gnuplot in Action
    Philipp K. Janert. Manning Publications, 2008.
  • Graphics of Large Datasets
    Antony Unwin, Martin Theus, Heike Hofmann. Springer, 2006
  • Computing and Graphics in Statistics
    Buja, A. and Tukey, P.. Springer-Verlag; New York, NY. 1991.
  • Dynamic Graphics for Statistics
    Cleveland, W. S. and McGill, M. E.. Wadsworth; Monterey, CA. 1998.
  • Creating More Effective Graphs
    Naomi B. Robbins. Wiley; New York, NY. 2005.
  • Elements of Graph Design
    Kosslyn, S.. Wiley; New York, NY. 1995.
  • Envisioning Information
    Tufte, E. R.. Graphics Press; Cheshire, CT. 1990.
  • The Grammar of Graphics
    Wilkinson, Leland. Springer; New York, NY. 1999.
    Also see Lee's pages on the book
  • Graphics: Principles and Practice
    Foley, J. D., van Dam, A., Feiner, S. K. and Hughes, J. F.. Addison Wesley; Reading, MA. 1990.
  • Information Visualization
    Card, Stuart K., Mackinlay, Jock D., Shneiderman, Ben. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers; San Fransisco, CA. 1999
  • Interactive Statistical Computing Environment
    Hardle, W., Klinke, S., and Turlach, B. A.. Springer-Verlag; New York, NY. 1995.
  • Introduction to Regression Graphics
    Cook, R. Dennis and Weisberg, Sanford. Wiley; New York, NY. 1994.
  • Modern Applied Statistics with S-Plus
    Venables, W. N. and Ripley, B.. Springer-Verlag; New York, NY. 1994.
  • Multivariate Density Estimation: Theory, Practice and Visualization
    Scott, David W.. Wiley; New York, NY. 1992.
  • An Object-Oriented Environment for Statistical Computing and Dynamic Graphics
    Tierney, L.. Wiley; New York, NY. 1991.
  • Pattern Recognition and Neural Networks
    Ripley, B.. Cambridge University Press; Campridge, U. K. 1996.
  • Playfair's Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary
    William Playfair. Introduction by Howard Wainer and Ian Spence. Cambridge University Press; Campridge, U. K. 2005.
  • R Graphics
    Paul Murrell. Chapman Hall/CRC, Boca Raton 2005.
  • Statistical Analysis and Data Display
    Richard M. Heiberger & Burt HollandSpringer. New York, NY2005..
  • Statistical Graphics and Visualization
    Wegman, E. J. and Carr, D. Rao (1993) Handbook of Statistics, Elsevier Science Publishers. Amsterdam.
  • Statistical Image Processing and Graphics
    Wegman, E. J. and DePriest, D. J.. Marcel Dekker; New York, NY. 1986.
  • Visualizing Data
    Cleveland, W. S.. Hobart Press; Summit NJ. 1993.
  • Visualizing Revelations: Graphical Tales of Fate and Deception from Napolean Bonaparte to Ross Perot
    Wainer, Howard. Copernicus: New York, NY. 1997.
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