What software do you use for visualisation of data?
We provided a list of packages, responses were one of: not used, occasionally used, frequently used or essential.
Note that we've combined the numbers of people who use each tool, the frequency of use is colour coded.
- The three most frequently used tools (gnuplot, MATLAB, Jmol) account for 26% of the responses.
- Conversely, there is a tail of 31 packages that also accounts for 26% of the responses.
- The top four Essential tools (gnuplot, MATLAB, VMD, xmgrace) account for 42% of the responses.
We need to ask why is there a long tail? Are there any useful features provided by the less popular tools that are not provided by gnuplot, MATLAB or Jmol? This is answered in the comments of questions 5 and 6.
Respondents were given the opportunity to mention any tools not listed:
41 tools are mentioned, used by a total of 76 respondents. It is again interesting to discover why these tools are used. We attempt to answer this with the comments of questions 5 and 6.
Other new tools listed are:
- plotly https://plot.ly/