Venn figures go wrong

August 12, 2014

(This article was first published on What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

6-way Venn banana

6-way Venn banana

I thought nothing could top the classic “6-way Venn banana”, featured in The banana (Musa acuminata) genome and the evolution of monocotyledonous plants.

That is until I saw Figure 3 from Compact genome of the Antarctic midge is likely an adaptation to an extreme environment.

5-way Venn roadkill

5-way Venn roadkill

What’s odd is that Figure 2 in the latter paper is a nice, clear R/ggplot2 creation, using facet_grid(), so someone knew what they were doing.

That aside, the Antarctic midge paper is an interesting read; go check it out.

This lead to some amusing Twitter discussion which pointed me to A New Rose : The First Simple Symmetric 11-Venn Diagram. +1 for referencing The Damned, if indeed that was the intention.

Filed under: bioinformatics, genomics, humour, R, statistics Tagged: graphics, venn, visualisation

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