Presentation format

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Most of the research projects carried out by the Department of Clinical Analytics produce data outcome that can best be digested by the audience if presented in the form of tables and graphs. While it is difficult to prescribe a universal format for a successful table, it is nevertheless desirable to establish the broadest possible documentation standards some of which are listed below.

  1. Output files
    1. numeric output that will be ingested into Excel or R for further processing should be stored as .csv files,
    2. plain text files should be avoided whenever possible,
    3. if extended markup is desired (e.g., web browser output), XML output is appropriate,
    4. where extensive data post-processing manipulation is anticipated, a (sandbox) database table for the results is desirable;
  2. Graphs
    1. preferably, graphs should be stored as PDF files with axes, legend and tick marks clearly labeled and easily readable (in general, 12 pts. or larger),
    2. landscape orientation is preferred,
    3. legend coloring scheme should be consistent with that of the plot itself.

Documentation not requiring extensive mathematical formulae, sophisticated graphics or cross-referencing can be created in Microsoft Word. Papers that do require substantial typesetting should be created in LaTeX, if possible.