How dare they! Well, actually, it’s a fun exercise. Declared by Tufte to be one of the best statistical graphics ever drawn, Joseph Minard’s graph of Napoleon’s march on Russia is definitely a classic (a copy hangs in my bathroom).
John Boykin recently took a crack at redesigning the classic, and goes into quite a bit of detail on his website about the choices he made:
John links to a series of other re-creations and re-interpretations of Minard’s dataset, as collected by Michael Friendly:
I particularly like this googlemap version:
And then there’s the executive summary version. Bwahahahahaha!
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