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It’s World Statistics Day! To honor the theme of the day, the JMP User Community is having conversations about the importance of trust in statistics and data. And we want to hear from you! Tell us the steps you take to ensure that your data is trustworthy.
I am a business informatics student from Germany and i am currently testing the chart creation and the graph builder of JMP8 for my diploma thesis. My first obvious question or thought that i ran into is: Why is the graph builder - with the nicely implemented drag&drop for variables and groupings, not for the creating of all types of charts? It seems to me like the use for the graphbuilder is more in statistic data. Its a very nice tool, but you can only produce Scatterplots with it. Ok you can also add columns to the chart after creating it BUT, if there are multiple y-values for one x-value and you want to add columns to the chart, its necessary to prevent the values from overlapping over one x-axis value to have each point as a column. Maybe I dint discover that feature yet, but the quintessence is still the same - why is the GraphBuilder not for all types of charts....
Dual axis displays are not included in Graph Builder for JMP 8, but may be in a future version. Singles axis graphs may be better depending on audience. See http://www.perceptualedge.com/articles/visual_business_intelligence/dual-scaled_axes.pdf
I just downloaded the trial of JMP 8 for Mac and I am really impressed with the ease of use and responsiveness of the Graph Builder tool. However, it is currently not very stable on the Mac (Leopard, Intel). JMP frequently crashes when I am playing around with Graph Builder. Although not 100% predictable, it often seems to happen when removing the X or Y (by dragging it off the chart) from a grouped design.
Simple linear fits would be a very useful addition to the display options (Smoother, Points, Line). Also a "median" option among the "Summary Statistic" choices would be welcome
Instead of adding a second axis for another y variable, I just plot the second variable above (or below) the first variable by dragging to the top (or bottom) of the y axis. I think this is an easier way to visualize the 2 individiual variables.
I make multiple types of graphs with graph builder. It supports bars, lines, box plots, scatterplots and histograms. Chapter 43 of the JMP Stat & Graph Guide (pg. 937 in the on-line documentation found under Help>Books) has a very good description of most of the capabilities of the Graph Builder.