Any thoughts on the new Scatterplot banner above versus the old one? I’ve been bothered that the blue in the old plot didn’t match the blue of the rest of the theme, and then while I was at it I also decided to try using smaller-sized points.
People have asked and, yes, the graphic is an actual scatterplot generated using Stata, although the data are random (and uniformly distributed on both the abscissa and ordinate.) Note the relatively large spaces of white adjacent to places where the points are densely bunched on top of one another. That’s what true randomness really looks like, and the reason people are bad when they try to fake random numbers (or coin flips, or financial transactions, or scatterplot points) is that they think randomness should be more evenly spread.
Secret bonus for those nice enough to follow the jump: Regarding my use of “abscissa” and “ordinate” above, I’ve seen a couple talks in other disciplines in the past couple years where researchers have used these terms instead of the more familiar and ordinary-sounding “x-axis/y-axis” (or just “horizontal” and “vertical”). As far as academic affectations to make a speaker sound more posh, I can affirm that this did, indeed, work to make the speakers sound more posh. So, shhh, we should also start using these terms in our sociology talks and it can be a special Scatterplot inside-joke academic affectation, as inside-joke affectations are really the only kind that are worthwhile.