Re: [R] [OT] vernacular names for circular diagrams

From: Jean lobry <lobry_at_biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 11:15:15 +0100


> Dear useRs,
>
> by a circular diagram representation I mean what you will get by entering
> this at your R promt:
>
> pie(1:5)
>
> Nice to have R as a lingua franca :-)
>
> The folowing quote is from page 360 in this very interesting paper:
>
> @article{SpenceI2005,
> title = {No Humble Pie: The Origins and Usage of a Statistical Chart},
> author = {Spence, I.},
> journal = {Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics},
> volume = {30},
> pages = {353-368},
> year = {2005}
> }
>
> QUOTE
> Like us, the French employ a gastronomical metaphor when
> they refer to Playfair's pie chart, but they have preferred
> instead to invoke the name of the wonderful round soft
> cheese from Normandy - the camembert. When I spent 4 months
> in Paris a few years ago, a friend invited my wife and me to
> lunch with her elderly father who lives in Rouen, Normandy,

> about an hour North of Paris. Her father inquired -
> coincidentally during the cheese course - what work I was
> doing in Paris; I replied that I was researching the
> activities of a Scot, William Playfair, during the
> revolutionary period. I told him that Playfair had invented
> several statistical graphs, including the pie chart, which I

> referred to, in French, as <<le camembert.>> After a stunned
> silence of perhaps a couple of seconds, the distinguished
> elderly gentleman looked me in the eye and exclaimed, <<Mon
> Dieu ! Notre camembert?>>
> UNQUOTE
>
> So, I'm just curious: how do you refer in your own language to
> this kind of graphic? How do you call it?
>
> Best,
>
> Jean

Thanks to all who replied either privately or on the list. I have summarized the answers at the beginning of the following document:

http://pbil.univ-lyon1.fr/members/lobry/R/diaposcam.pdf

Let me know if you have more eatable examples.

Best,

Jean

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