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The grammar of graphics. With contributions by Graham Wills, Dan Rope, Andrew Norton, and Roger Dubbs. 2nd ed. (English) Zbl 1080.68107
Statistics and Computing (Cham). New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 0-387-24544-8/hbk). xviii, 690 p. (2005).
Summary: The first edition of this book (1999; Zbl 0940.68158) was a monograph. I intended to present a new, object-oriented way of thinking about statistical graphics. The second edition is a multigraph. I intend to supplement this presentation with a survey of ideas that are useful for understanding the meaning of statistical graphics. I have extended the grammar metaphor by calling the first part Syntax, and the second Semantics. Consequently, the second part of this book includes more of the work of others. Although it is not a survey, it covers the main themes that I consider essential to understanding how charts and graphs work.
Part 2 takes mathematical, psychological, and applied points of view. Quantitative graphics are meaningless unless they have mathematical foundations. They are solipsistic unless they follow experimentally tested psychological principles. And they are irrelevant unless they reveal patterns in real data so we can understand our world.
Reviewer: Reviewer (Berlin)

68U05 Computer graphics; computational geometry (digital and algorithmic aspects)
68U10 Computing methodologies for image processing
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
62-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to statistics