You might have heard of the “bar bar plots” movement whose goal is to prevent using (let’s use
ggplot2 language shall we)
geom_bar when you could have used e.g.
geom_histogram because the bar plot hides the variability of the distributions you say you’re comparing, even if you add some sort of error bar. I whole-heartedly agree with this movement but in this post I’d like to present some ok bar plots, that represent counts of individuals in different categories. You might know them as
geom_bar(blabla, stat = "identity") or
geom_col. They’re still bar plots and they’re great, in particular when you make puns out of them which is what I did with Miles McBain.