, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 463–468 | Cite as

Heuristic method for label placement in scatterplots

  • Elliot Noma


Kuhfeld (1986) has proposed several alternative scatterplot routines with labeled points. To this list is added a heuristic routine that repositions labels to eliminate overlap while attempting to maximize the number of labels presented in a metric plot.

Key words

heuristic plot metric plot 


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  1. Kuhfeld, W. F. (1986). Metric and nonmetric plotting models.Psychometrika, 51, 155–161.Google Scholar
  2. SAS Institute, (1985). SAS user's guide: Statistics, version 5 edition. Cary, NC: Author.Google Scholar

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© The Psychometric Society 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elliot Noma
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  1. 1.Statistical Modeling AssociatesHighland Park

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