Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, Social Science, and … where is my Comment?

Here is what Andrew Gelman posted on his blog:

I have never ever seen an example where I’ve felt a boxplot was appropriate. I’m open to being convinced, but I don’t think you’ll be able to convince me. Bring on the examples!

You can imagine that I can’t really agree with him, and I guess that the Tour de France examples posted on this blog are at least one counterexample showing the flexibility and usefulness of boxplots. There are certainly some drawbacks of the design (symmetric whiskers, very large data, …) but over all, boxplots are as simple as versatile – who would dare to ignore this.

Feel free to comment, I promis, I won’t censor your comments … 

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