There are many data analysis and charting tools that Excel users should check out to see what is available in the world outside Excel. I’ll be posting about interesting tools that I find and/or readers tell me about. Here’s my first – Tinkerplots
Since Hadley is a leading charts and graphs programmer (ggplot2), I followed his suggestion to check out Tinkerplots.
The University of Amherst Statistics Education Group developed Tinkerplots. Here’s how they describe it:
“Tinkerplots is a software construction set of basic operations (stack, order, separate) that allows students to build their own plots to analyze data. ”
The UMass site has 5 videos that show how Tinkerplots can be used by 4-8th graders to learn data analysis. I encourage you to look at these videos to see what some of our middle and high school students are learning in school and to see what real data visualization tools can do with a few clicks.
While intended as a training tool for students, data visualization software developers may want to try it to learn what kinds of features should be included in a data visualization package. Tinkerplots is available for $89 at this site.
What do you think about Tinkerplots?