This is the program for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Activity Number: 23
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract - #306873
Title: Visualizing Domestic Airline Traffic with SAS Software
Author(s): Rick Wicklin*+
Companies: SAS Institute
Address: SAS Campus Drive, S3030, Cary, NC, 27513,
Keywords: Data Expo ; data analysis ; statistical graphics ; calendar plot ; large data sets ; multivariate time series

Millions of flights. Hundreds of airports. Dozens of airlines. One chance to present the information succinctly and compactly. How can a data analyst make sense of 21 years of data on domestic airline traffic, and compactly present the main findings on a single poster? This talk describes several graphs from my 2009 Data Expo poster. The poster graphically presents ways in which flight delays and cancellations vary in time, among airports, and among airline carriers. This talk focuses on graphical methods that elicited the most comments at the Data Expo, such as the "calendar plot" which visualizes long univariate time series and a multivariate time series plot which is useful for showing relationships among many airline carriers. Both graphs use design principles and ideas from cartographic research to enhance the graphical presentation of the data.

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