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August 12, 2009

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I'd call that a parallel coordinates plot

Interesting discussions and comments about this kind of chart (bumps chart) can be read at http://junkcharts.typepad.com/junk_charts/bumps_chart/

I'd flip the graph so exports are on the left and imports on the right. English is read from left to right, so flipping the graph naturally leads the reader to think "where does the fish come from, and where does it go?"

Stephen: good suggestion on the flipping left and right. I might have to do just that.

I got a bucketfull of help pertaining bump-charts on the R-help maillist. The thread is here: http://www.nabble.com/Bumps-chart-in-R-td23247632.html

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