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How to Explain a Scientific Figure

A figure sometimes is more powerful than a hundred words in explaining scientific findings. However, putting figures in a paper without proper explanation might lead to confusion, or at the very least waste precious space real estate. Note that this article is not about how to display data in a figure, but about how to explain a figure, assuming it is elegantly crafted. There are many articles about the former, on which Dr. Edward Tufte has many great articles and books that I highly recommend. Continue reading