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Very true, but the whole idea behind the blog post seems to be that the representation of data is done wrong.

I would rather the author go into a bit of a discussion about what the data represents and what different ways this could be presented. I can't help to get the feeling that the choice of a scatter plot is more or less arbitrary.




I agree with your criticisms. I wrote this last night and submitted this morning, but after reflection, I even made some edits. For example, I started by saying that the first graph was "wrong". Upon reflection, it's not. I think more accurately, it just doesn't represent what people think it does.

If you Google search for "apache bench gnuplot", you'll find a very similar gnuplot template that has been circulated for a very long time, but everyone seems to think that the resulting plot is response time over time.

I'm definitely going to follow up on the issue. I'm a mediocre programmer, so gnuplot is pretty hard for me, but I keep having these "ah ha" moments. My next post will look at each graph in more detail and try to explain just what is being shown in each.

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Very good to hear! I really didn't intend to come on as overly critic, and look forward on read your follow up on the issue.

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I really appreciate your feedback. I didn't think you were overly critical at all :) I post my stuff to Hacker News so I can get tough reviews from smart people.

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