1967: "Violin Plots"

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1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby cheweytoo » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:17 am UTC

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Title text: "Strictly speaking, 'violin' refers to the internal structure of the data. The external portion visible in the plot is called the 'viola.'"

Oh my. I laughed, loudly. And I don't think I'll be able to say "viola" with a straight face ever again...

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Envelope Generator » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:22 am UTC

A pie chart is not very suggestive of any visualization type but a violin plot is? I can't find the joke in this one...
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby StClair » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:30 am UTC

Female anatomy.

Spoiler:
"They look like c**ts."
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:30 am UTC

Personally, I don't think any of them really resembles a turnip at all.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:30 am UTC

I'm not saying there have been too many grad students on this project, I'm just saying the results look more like a double-bass plot.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby TheEngineer » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:50 am UTC

I'm not sure which is more disturbing - the rectangular aperture or the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby qvxb » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:40 pm UTC

Lights at ends of tunnels were observed by Presidents and generals in Vietnam 50 years ago.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:48 pm UTC

rhomboidal wrote:Personally, I don't think any of them really resembles a turnip at all.

Or Baldrick's penis, come to that.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Moose Anus » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:04 pm UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:A pie chart is not very suggestive of any visualization type but a violin plot is? I can't find the joke in this one...
Yeah, pie charts are very suggestive. https://i.imgur.com/QgFUtAs.jpg
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:06 pm UTC

For those who missed part of the joke,

Here is a small collection of viola-related data.
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:07 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:For those who missed part of the joke,

Here is a small collection of viola-related data.


ETA -- So, what's the X-axis? :mrgreen:
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby speising » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:24 pm UTC

Hey, today is π day, not violin day!

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:31 pm UTC

speising wrote:Hey, today is π day, not violin day!


so you're saying we should tune to specified values of 2 π ω and not ν ?
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby DanAxtell » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:50 pm UTC

And violinists have to be able to say "f-hole" with a straight face. This XKCD isn't helping. I'm glad I play trombone.

You know, even Hugh Hefner objected when things started looking "too gynecological."
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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Jorpho » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:02 pm UTC

The real question here is, what sort of data can you visualize with a Georgia O'Keeffe painting?

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:07 pm UTC

DanAxtell wrote:And violinists have to be able to "f-hole" with a straight face. This XKCD isn't helping. I'm glad I play trombone.

You mean the instrument that you can slide in, and out, and in, and out, to produce a lot of noises. And if that's too much effort, just vibrate your mouth differently against the hole, it's surprising and at least as pleasurable. One way or another, you can just show off and swing your bell end/knob around while you're doing it.

I'd say you clearly have fun in the sackbut That's the old English name for it.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby DanAxtell » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:54 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
DanAxtell wrote:.... I'm glad I play trombone.

You mean the instrument that you can slide in, and out, and ....

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And it grows from 3 3/4' long to 6' long using 7 positions. When it's full extended, "B natural."

And, yes, I am compensating for something.

I maintain that it's a lovely sound and way better than those old stringed instruments.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Cougar Allen » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:55 pm UTC

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby clockworkbookreader » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:50 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
DanAxtell wrote:And violinists have to be able to "f-hole" with a straight face. This XKCD isn't helping. I'm glad I play trombone.

You mean the instrument that you can slide in, and out, and in, and out, to produce a lot of noises. And if that's too much effort, just vibrate your mouth differently against the hole, it's surprising and at least as pleasurable. One way or another, you can just show off and swing your bell end/knob around while you're doing it.

I'd say you clearly have fun in the sackbut That's the old English name for it.


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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby DanAxtell » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:33 pm UTC

Probably because of XKCD, lookups for "violin plot" have spiked on Google Trends. Now that no one can unsee the XKCD 1967 image, I predict people will avoid violin plots for the same reason that no one wanted to be seen in an Edsel:
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Ford's blunder with its Edsel grille styling could have been worse, I realize after reading the title text. Ford bought Volvo Cars in 1999 and could have waited to use that brand name for the car with the so-called "horse-collar" grille.

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Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

DanAxtell wrote:Ford bought Volvo Cars in 1999

Imagine if that hadn't been two 'o's… :p

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