The elements of graphing data 
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This book has lots of great ideas and tips for creating graphs. I prefer it over the books by Tufte. Note that there is a newer edition of this book.
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User Review  GoodreadsWilliam Cleveland's classic on the art and science of graphing data. Compare to the more well known series from Edward Tufte, Cleveland's book is more academic and more focus on statistics. The first ... Read full review
Contents
PREFACE  1 
PRINCIPLES OF GRAPH CONSTRUCTION 21  3 
GRAPHICAL METHODS  103 
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