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Isaac Pinnock

One purpose of these graphics is to show that investors may be better off investing in a fund of hedge funds rather than in any one particular style. However, as you mention, this point can easily be buried underneath the weight of data and colour.

Whilst working as a contractor for a large hedge fund my colleagues and I attempted to get round this problem by using interactivity to selectively display the information in this style comparison tool:

https://www.maninvestments.com/institutions/knowledge/hedge_funds/styles.jhtml

(enter as 'other areas' if asked, then click launch)

The first screen explains performance over the last year, whilst the deeper screens show how different styles performed over the last ten years (as per the visual above). Rolling over an individual style fades out the other styles, allowing users to concentrate on directional evidence. (Clicking on a style displays that style's performance against world stocks).

Whilst this format doesn't show as many classes as the original example, in this instance using Flash helped us explain the concept and allowed us to display more information.

Kaiser

Isaac, thanks for the link. The addition of animation most definitely helps us read the table. I'll have more to say in a few days.

Isomorphisms

This example is so good, it belongs in intro stat courses. Sure, the boxplots may be boring, but...they do show thedata.

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