This paper is from Session 9D: Advancing statistics education through visualization technologies
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which comes under Topic 9: Technology in statistics education

(Monday 12th, 14:00-16:00)

Statistical cartoons: the role of graphics in understanding statistics



Animation is a graphical device which can be used to considerable effect in a teaching and learning context but which in the past has required considerable effort to achieve. A variety of tools are now available to assist. Several of these are mentioned, although the focus here is on the rpanel package in the statistical computing system R. More importantly, illustrations are given of the nature and design of animations, referred to here as cartoons, ranging from very elementary concepts to more sophisticated ones and focusing on the display of models as well as data.