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I have to build a multi-user web app which is about traffic measurements, prognoses etc. At this point I know that I'll use bar and pie charts.

Unfortunately, those chart types aren't rich in expressing all the data that I collect and compute.

I'm looking for a collection of graphical charts. It is very ok if I have to buy a book or anything else. I need to find some graphical samples with explanations in order to inspire me.

Do you know of any such resource? Do you have any advice for me?

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For an online summary, check out A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.

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If you fancy R, you can see the R graph gallery.

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Cleveland, William S. 1993. Visualizing data. ISBN 0963488406.

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  • $\begingroup$ I am currently reading The Elements of Graphing Data, books.google.com/books?id=KMsZAQAAIAAJ&q. If you are familiar with it, do you know what the differences between these two books are (I can't seem to find a good description of either online)? $\endgroup$ – Andy W Apr 11 '11 at 16:27
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Systat (Lee Wilkinson) was an early leader in statistical graphics software. It always has had a nice visual gallery.

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A visual gallery of really creative graphics (but without much organization, unfortunately) is available on the Wolfram site (Mathematica).

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I've also found good material at The Gallery of Data Visualization: The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics, at
http://www.datavis.ca/gallery/index.php

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Visual explanations or anything else by Tufte is inspirational.

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A Tour through the Visualization Zoo (Heer et al., Visualization 8(5) 2010) offers a particularly interesting overview of "innovative" and interactive techniques for displaying data.

On a related point, a good software for data visualization, including the aforementioned gallery, is Protovis, which comes with a lot of examples.

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