Question: What is your favorite program to plot data from a data logger?

gretchengehrke asked on August 02, 2017 20:39
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In order to make sense of data from sensors that collect more data than can be easily interpreted in table format, I want to export data from my data logger to a free plotting software. What is your favorite program that is user-friendly and has more functionality than Google Sheets? Thanks!


Not quite at the point of plotting data from loggers, but generic favorite for this type of data is R. Pluses: free, extensive libraries, well tested and recognized, and, did I mention, it's free. Within R there are a number ways to plot data from vanilla data plotting within R to add-on libraries like ggplot. Negatives: The down side is that the learning curve can be exhausting.

How many data was provided as input, the display will show all the data for the future purposes.The will provide some good result fo the benefits of the programming language.

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Hi @MadTinker, I agree that R has awesome functionality, AND I agree with you that the learning curve is quite steep. Have you ever used Plotly? I haven't used it yet, but it looks like it might be more user-friendly and can interface with R. I'm not entirely sure how that works (just another export function, or could you export a graph that would auto-generate code to create a similar graph in R??), but I'm intrigued.

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No, never heard of Plotly. Looks interesting. .

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The spreadsheet in this research note by Jeff could have some useful ideas for data analysis platforms, and features to consider when selecting a platform or program for your needs:

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