I make some pretty terrible graphs, especially when I’m working out ideas. It’s a really bad habit of mine. You’d think I’d have learned to label my axes, add legends and all that jazz by now, but lets face it, when you’re coding down to the wire in time for a meeting. . . well, the axes don’t just label themselves informatively on their own. R does of course label the axes by default, but seriously, what does
dry.test$pca.attempt tell anyone? Well, it tells people you need to learn how to make informative variable names, but, aside from that.
With this in mind, I’d like to present a graph I made a while back, just after I switched into my Ph.D that was recently sent back to me by Elizabeth Elle at Simon Fraser University. It was a bit of a joke, but the non-linearity in the curve reflects the higher standards for graph making that one expects from a Ph.D candidate.