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

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:07:24 +0100

Jean lobry wrote:
>> 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
>
Nice. Two minor points:

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