Chapter 1: Introduction to Creating Graphs

The Value of a Graph

Automatic Graphs

Creating Graphs Using the Graph Template Language

Creating Graphs Using the Statistical Graphics Procedures

Creating Graphs Using the SAS ODS Graphics Designer

Effective Graphics and the Use of Decorative Skins

The Value of a Graph

A picture is worth a thousand words. It is debatable whether this is an old Chinese proverb, or whether it is an adage attributable to a notable historic figure such as Napoleon Bonaparte or Ivan Turgenev in 1862 or Fred R. Barnard in 1927. Whoever said it, the message is clear. For modern data analysis, information is easier to grasp and decode when it is presented in an appropriate visual form.

Figure 1.1 shows a table of the mean city ...

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