PlotsOfData - Plots all Of the Data

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About PlotsOfData

The PlotsOfData Shiny app plots the data and statistics to enable the comparison of (experimental) conditions. The philosophy of the approach is that plotting the raw data (instead of a summary) improves transparency and interpretation. To further facilitate the comparison, summary statistics (mean, median, boxplot, violinplot) and inferential statistics (confidence intervals) can be added. The user has full control over the visibility of the raw data and statistics by adjustment of the transparency (alpha). More details about the PlotsOfData app can be found in our publication.


PlotsOfData is created and maintained by Joachim Goedhart and Marten Postma
Bug reports and feature requests can be communicated in several ways:


Source code is available at github/JoachimGoedhart
Please cite our work if you use the app: "PlotsOfData - A web app for visualizing data together with their summaries" - doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000202


PlotsOfData is inspired by BoxPlotR
The code for the shiny app is partially derived from ggplotGUI by Gert Stulp
The colorblind safe palettes were developed by Paul Tol.

Background info

Videos that highlight several of the features of PlotsOfData are available on YouTube

Some aspects of the app are explained in blogs at The Node:
Leaving the bar (On plotting the actual data rather than summaries)
A better bar (Explains the calculation of 95% CI for the median)
Converting excellent spreadsheets to tidy data (An introduction to tidy data)
Prevent p-value parroting (Why not every graph needs a p-value)


It is possible to change the defaults for data input by adding the information to the HTML address
Adding ?data=4 sets data input to 'paste data', the complete address:
Adding ?data=4;TRUE sets data input to 'paste data' and tidy format, the complete address:;TRUE
When only the tidy format should be selected leave teh first option blank:;TRUE

Bookmarking HTML addresses with presets may save some time