[R] boxplot with average instead of median

HBaize HBaize at buttecounty.net
Wed Aug 6 17:23:26 CEST 2008

Hadley makes a good point. Boxplots should be standardized. Thre is already
inconsistency in what value the "wiskers" represent. 

Violin plots with means and 95% CI are a good option if you want to show the
shape of a distribution with the mean. You could add the median as well.
That's what I did in the code I posted in this thread:


hadley wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 10:36 PM, Chad Junkermeier <junkermeier at byu.edu>
> wrote:
>> I really like the ease of use with the boxplot command in R.  I would
>> rather
>> have a boxplot that shows the average value and the standard deviation
>> then
>> the median value and the quartiles.
> I would suggest that you don't do this.  Most people looking at the
> boxplots will expect to see the tradition Tukey boxplot with medians
> and quartiles, and are likely to misinterpret the graph.
> Why do you want to display means and standard deviations?
> Hadley
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