As you've probably guessed, I'm a "visual" person - I like to see things (in a chart/graph/map) rather than just reading about them (in a data table and summary statistic). Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of statistics and analytics -- but I'm an even bigger fan of looking at your data in several different ways, to fully understand it!
And although it wasn't always possible in the past (limited by low-resolution screens and dot-matrix printers), we now live in a time when it is possible to graph just about any data on a high-resolution screen or laser printer.
And here's a little SAS/GRAPH 'magic' to show you how important it is to plot your data, rather than just blindly looking at a statistic... :)
This is a SAS/GRAPH version of Anscombe's Quartet - 4 data sets that have nearly identical statistical properties, but the graphs tell a different story!
Question: Have you ever run into a situation where the statistical description of the data was misleading, and the graph showed the real story? If so, please share with us in a comment!