Visualizations: Comparing Tableau, SPSS, R, Excel, Matlab, JS, Python, SAS

Here we ask you to identify which tool was used to produce the following 18 charts: 4 were done with R, 3 with SPSS, 5 with Excel, 2 with Tableau, 1 with Matlab, 1 with Python, 1 with SAS, and 1 with JavaScript. The solution, including for each chart a link to the webpage where it is explained in detail (many times with source code included) can be found here. You need to be a DSC member to access the page with the solution: you can sign-up here.

How do you score? Would this be a good job interview question?

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Comment by Carl Hollins on May 16, 2019 at 1:22pm

You asked if this would be a good interview question. My question for you is what would the afternoon answer prove? An answer would show that one can differentiate color and styling among the many choices of visualisation. 

Is it of prime importance to know how the look of Bokeh, plotly, ggplot,  matplotlib , Tableau &  Excel differ? As for an interview question I would prefer to hear: How can we improve the message being delivered? Or what are the strengths of these "initial" visualisations? 

Comment by Mary Cottingham on May 21, 2018 at 7:23am

Based on the title of the article, I was actually expecting to the same data set cut with the various tools and a discussion of the merits/detriments of them (which I was VERY interested in reading)  rather than a graphics pop quiz.  That said, there are 2 apps I would add to this gallery: Microsoft Power BI and Esri Insights for ArcGIS.

I think it is a bad interview question. It tells me nothing about the candidate's skill using any of them.

Comment by Matt Sandy on April 15, 2018 at 5:12pm

I pretty much stick to R + JS for reproducibility, and Tableau for one-offs. It would certainly be a weird, unhelpful question if the prospect has no interest in other languages and can get the same results in their language(s) of choice. 

Comment by James David Holland on November 17, 2017 at 10:49am

Fun post and neat quiz - but I don't see any value of it as an interview question.  

Comment by Michelle Homes on December 20, 2016 at 11:43am

And the very talented Robert Allison has reproduced all 18 graphs in SAS. Check them out and the associated code in his blog post http://blogs.sas.com/content/sastraining/2016/12/20/graphs-comparin...

Comment by Jarrell Dunson on December 16, 2016 at 3:52am

According to the 2016 Gartner BI report, Qlik and Microsoft BI are two of the top three visualization tools(the third is Tableau)...in your next report, can you consider included these also?..  I use Qlik ...and it has a lot of capability...

Comment by Max Galka on February 6, 2016 at 12:35pm

Great post. Most surprising, and in my opinion most valuable to know, is #12,

Comment by Muhammad Javed on August 18, 2015 at 4:47am

awsome visualization,  I found www.chartexpo.com as promising javascript chart library. You can take look

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