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MATLAB Graphics and Data Visualization Cookbook by Swapnonil Banerjee, Nivedita Majumdar

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Sparklines

A sparkline is a type of information graphic characterized by its small size and high data density. They are used to present trends and variations in the data in a simple and condensed way. The term sparkline was proposed by Edward Tufte for "small, high resolution graphics embedded in a context of words, numbers, and images". While the typical chart is designed to show as much data as possible, and is set off from the flow of text, Sparklines are intended to be succinct, memorable, and located where they are discussed.

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The book data repository comes with several comma separated value (.csv) files with the daily stock price histories over a year. In this recipe, this stock index data is used to construct Sparklines highlighting ...

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