A Critique of Slopegraphs

13 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2014 Last revised: 7 Sep 2014

Andrew Wheeler

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Date Written: September 5, 2014

Abstract

Slopegraphs are a popular form of graphic depicting change along two axes by means of a connecting line. The critique here lists several reasons why interpreting the slopes may be misleading and suggests alternative plots depending on the goals of the visualization. Guidelines as to appropriate situations to use slopegraphs are discussed.

Keywords: visualization, slopegraph, parallel coordinate plot

Suggested Citation

Wheeler, Andrew, A Critique of Slopegraphs (September 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2410875 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2410875

Andrew Wheeler (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences ( email )

P.O. Box 830688, GR 31
Richardson, TX 75083
United States

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