Box plots. Like box plots, only…box plots.

On a rare, brief holiday (here and here, if you’re interested; both highly-recommended), I make the mistake of checking my Twitter feed:

This points me to BoxPlotR. It draws box plots. Using Shiny Server. That’s the “innovation”, presumably.

With “quilt plots” and now this, I’m starting to think that I’ve been doing science wrong all these years. If I’d been told to submit the trivial computational work I do every single day to journals, I could have thousands of publications by now.

I’m still pretty relaxed post-holiday, so let’s just leave it there.

7 thoughts on “Box plots. Like box plots, only…box plots.

  1. anspiess

    These plots are cool in so many places, just look at the informative gain between the ‘beanplot’ and the ‘violinplot’ (chuckle…). Doing something similar for dendrograms, where you can actually color, cut or rotate the branches and use different heatmap gradients would have been something interesting (anyone else this opinion), but this…?
    Cheers,
    Andrej

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  3. ucfagls

    Oh, come on! This is *very* different. The authors don’t claim to have invented a boxplot. The article is clearly in the *correspondence* section of the paper. The article is *clearly* labelled as a web tool to facilitate the drawing of boxplot and boxplot-like plots. The authors’ aren’t claiming any great insight, just a shiny tool for drawing boxplots. If you are indignant about this then surely you’ll be indignant about many papers in the Journal of Statistical Software or the R Journal, both of which describe software applications in R which need not necessarily develop new theory.

    1. nsaunders Post author

      I agree, these claims are different to those made for quilt plots. The journals that you mention would be more appropriate than one from the “prestigious” Nature Publishing Group, don’t you think?

      And I assure you, I am not “indignant”.

  4. mbedward

    I particularly liked: “this method is not in common use, in part because few available software tools allow the facile generation of box plots”.

    I’ve usually generated my facile plots manually, so this might be the tool for me.

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