I have an interval, say (1 to 100). Then I have many little subintervals:

  • (3,6)
  • (5,15)
  • (4,78)
  • ...

I want to plot and visualise them. I'm interested in how they overlap each other.

Q: What is the most appropriate data visualization tool for doing that?

  • $\begingroup$ Are you looking for something like this? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ This is not really a statistical question. You might get better answers at Programmers.SE or Computer Graphics.SE or CS.SE. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 8:56
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    $\begingroup$ @StephanKolassa I don't realy thing that the sites are relevant for this question. $\endgroup$
    – Tim
    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:39

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The most common approach is to plot it as lines with whiskers, like on the example below (I'm using here ggplot2 with geom_errorbar as described in here).

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