Office of Population Research (OPR) offers Statistical Graphics Considerations workshop

January 13, 2016

Date: 1/19/2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 217 Wallace - OPR Computer Lab
Instructor: Dawn Koffman, Statistical Programmer at the Office of Population Research


This workshop provides a discussion of issues to consider when designing statistical graphs. Read more

  1. tables vs graphs
  2. audience and setting 
  3. representing data accurately 
  4. highlighting comparisons of interest 
  5. simplicity and clarity
  6. color
Several sets of graphs are examined that attempt to "tell the same story" and discussion will center on why one display may be preferable to another. While the workshop goes over the pros and cons of using bar graphs, dot plots, line graphs, box plots, violin plots and several other graph types, the discussion is implementation tool independent, and is intended to be useful for those building graphs using R Base Graphics, ggplot2, and Stata Graphics, as well as many other tools.
To register, send an email to from your email address that contains "graphics considerations" in the subject line.


Researchers who are constructing statistical graphs regardless of the implementation tool being used.

Example-based lecture/discussion. Focus is on concepts rather than implementation tools, and therefore this is not a hands-on workshop.