Not just for all the usual good reasons why the world needs fewer mass murderers, but also for the very specific reason that, had there been no Napoleon, there’d be no Napoleon-in-Russia graph, then no shining example for Ed Tufte to illustrate how people should make their graphs, then maybe graph-makers wouldn’t all feel that their graphs have to be Napoleon-in-Russia-style masterpieces.
All this is preamble to this email I received the other day from Stuart Buck, subject line “Bad chart”:
Not clear how you’re supposed to glean information from this chart except that there are a bunch of lines that move upwards.
Here’s the chart he’s talking about:
Maybe we call this a grasshopper plot?