Mathematicians and scientists included drawings in their work before the first statistical graphs were invented. However, their illustrations were meant to depict quantifiable relationships rather than exposing statistical variability. The uses of pictorial representations or charts to convey trends among variable measurements dates back to at least the late 10th century. However, this means of communication did not gain the widespread appreciation it enjoys today until technological advances in the 21st century stimulated the growth of a new field, data visualization. The mini-Primary Source Project (PSP) Seeing and Understanding Data provides students the opportunity to explore the evolution of statistical graphs and visual displays across time and to think critically about how data are displayed and interpreted.
The Mathematical Association of America
Scholarly Commons Citation
Bolch, C., & Wood, B. (2018). Seeing and Understanding Data: A Mini-Primary Source Project for Students of Statistics. Convergence, (). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/1335