Data Sets from the History of Statistics and Data Visualization

The 'HistData' package provides a collection of small data sets that are interesting and important in the history of statistics and data visualization. The goal of the package is to make these available, both for instructional use and for historical research. Some of these present interesting challenges for graphics or analysis in R.


Version 0.8-2 (2017-02-10)

  • Added Herschel's data on the twin stars Virginis, used in the first scatterplot
  • Complete the example plots of Minard data

Version 0.8-1 (2016-12-22)

  • Added SnowMap()
  • fixed Snow.pumps data: label should be character, not a factor; added missing labels for pumps 1:2
  • SnowMap now uses asp=1
  • Replaced Snow.polygons with new version consisting of actual vertices of the polygons surrounding each pump.

Version 0.8-0 (2016-12-07)

  • Added HalleyLifeTable
  • Added Cholera data from Farr 1852 [thx: Neville Verlander]
  • Correction to ZeaMays.Rd [thx: Bryan Clair]
  • Add Suggests: effects for effect plots for some examples.
  • Added Snow.dates -- deaths by date from Aug 19 -- Sept 30, 1854
  • Substantially revised examples in Snow.Rd to make plots more flexible. SnowMap() should be a function in the package and made more general, but this is not yet done.

Version 0.7-8 (2016-04-13)

Fix web links again

Version 0.7-7 (2016-04-09)

Added vignettes/Snow_deaths and data/Snow.deaths2 [Thx: Peter Li] Fixed web links to make curl happy

Version 0.7-6 (2015-10-13)

Added Armada data [thx: Antoine de Falguerolles]

Version 0.7-4 (2013-10-29)

Added reference to agridat package
Fixed Nightingale.Rd examples to avoid obscuring some segments by overplotting [thx: Monique Graf].  

Version 0.7-3 (2013-08-20)

Cosmetic: fix long lines in .Rd files

Version 0.7-2

Extended Nightingale examples

Version 0.7-1

CushnyPebbles renamed to proper spelling, CushnyPeebles (thx: Ian E. Holliday)
Removed Suggests: ReadImages; for now, retain old code examples as \dontrun{}
Extended GaltonFamilies examples

Version 0.7-0

Revised Langren.Rd examples to replace ReadImage with jpeg

Version 0.6-14 (2012-12-01)

Extended examples for Playfair Wheat
Replaced original data(Wheat) on 26 intervals with a new version at 53 time points
  and a separate data.frame, Wheat.monarchs giving the reigns. Updated examples to
  more closely approximate Playfair's original and a revision.

Version 0.6-13 (2011-11-03)

Added GaltonFamilies data
Fixed deprecated warnings from ggplot2

Version 0.6-12 (2011-10-12)

Added CushnyPebbles data
Extended examples for Michelson and CushnyPebbles
Fixed Suggests: for all packages used in examples
Added ZeaMays data from Darwin, used by Fisher for an early non-parametric test
Illustrated permutation and non-parametric tests for ZeaMays data
Added examples for Macdonell data showing contour plots and simulations [thx: Jim Hanley]
Added frequency-expanded version, MacdonellRD
Now Suggest: lattice
Added plotting examples to PearsonLee

Version 0.6-11 (2011-10-05)

Added ChestSizes data - Quetelet's data on chest measurements of 5738 Scottish Militiamen
Added PolioTrials data - two experiments on the Salk polio vaccine
Added Cavendish data - density of the earth
Added Michelson data - speed of light experiments

Version 0.6-10 (2010-12-22)

Additional variables added to Langren1644

Version 0.6-9 (2010-07-27)

\dontrun{} portion of example(Snow) using sp, due to error from sp::Lines()
Minor documentation fix for car_2

Version 0.6-8 (2010-03-19)

Added links to data sets on main package page

Version 0.6-7 (2010-02-28)

Switched from inst/ChangeLog to NEWS
Corrected typo in Yeast.Rd

Version 0.6-6 (2010-01-26) Added Quarrels data

Version 0.6-5 (2009-11-13) Added Dactyl data Added Pyx data Fixed one-off error creating Night1, Night2 Added simple Dactyl examples; minor updates to other examples Extended example(Jevons) Added Fingerprints data

Version 0.6-4 (2009-11-11) Initial release to CRAN

Version 0.6-3 (2009-11-08) Nightingale$Month made ordered factor Added Nightingale examples

Version 0.6-1 (2009-11-06) Added Yeast example Fixed latin1 characters in Langren1644 Extended Langren example

Version 0.6 (2009-11-05) Added Yeast data

Version 0.5 (2009-11-03) Added Macdonell data Added Langren/ggplot2 example Added OldMaps data

Version 0.4 (2009-11-02) Added Nightingale data

Version 0.3 (2009-10-27) Added Snow data Added Langren data Added inst/images/google-toledo-rome3.jpg

Version 0.2 (2009-10-23) Added Minard data Added Bowley data

Version 0.1 (2009-10-20)

Initial version uploaded to R-Forge

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0.8-4 by Michael Friendly, 3 months ago

Browse source code at

Authors: Michael Friendly [aut, cre], Stephane Dray [ctb], Hadley Wickham [ctb], James Hanley [ctb], Dennis Murphy [ctb], Peter Li [ctb]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL license

Suggests gtools, KernSmooth, maps, ggplot2, scales, proto, grid, reshape, plyr, lattice, jpeg, car, gplots, sp, heplots, knitr, rmarkdown, effects, lubridate, gridExtra

Imported by cholera.

Depended on by UsingR.

Suggested by repijson, statsr.

See at CRAN