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

From: Jean lobry <lobry_at_biomserv.univ-lyon1.fr>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 08:57:50 +0100

>
> On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 13:38:51 -0600, Roger Koenker wrote:
>
> Howard Wainer (Graphical Discovery, PUP, 2005, p 20) gives
> this dubious honor to Playfair (1759- 1823). Nightingale (1820-
> 1910) was far too enlightened for this sort of thing, see for example
> her letter to Galton about endowing an Oxford professorship
> in social statistics (reprinted in Karl Pearson's bio of Galton:
>
>
>http://galton.org/cgi-bin/searchImages/search/pearson/vol2/pages/vol2_0482.htm
>
> It sets a very ambitious agenda that we have not yet made much
> progress on...

So, if the pie chart was invented by Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), then William Playfair (1759-1823) would be guilty of what the surrealists called a "plagiarism by anticipation".

Best,

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