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John W Tukey “Analyzing data: Sanctification or detective work?” (1969) // American Psychologist. Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA). Vol. 24. No 2. Pp. 83–91. DOI: 10.1037/h0027108


  title = {Analyzing data: Sanctification or detective work?},
  volume = {24},
  issn = {0003-066X},
  url = {},
  doi = {10.1037/h0027108},
  number = {2},
  journal = {American Psychologist},
  publisher = {American Psychological Association (APA)},
  author = {Tukey, John W},
  year = {1969},
  month = {feb},
  pages = {83–91}

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Plot and Eye

It may well be true that “plot and eye” is the most diverse channel to the human mind. Not that it transmits more bits per second, but rather that it will transmit a greater variety of messages on unexpected topics easily and rapidly. There really seems to be no substitute for “looking at the data.”

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