Disclaimer: Yes, I am writing a paper. No, I’m not looking to cheat. This about presentation.
I’m comparing twelve different sets of data among three subjects, meaning I’ve got 36 tables with about 150 data points each (X,Y,Z).
I’m going to include a spreadsheet with the data in the actual paper, natch, but since this is a business-oriented program, I’m expected to give an all-singing, all-dancing Powerpoint (ugh) presentation to go along with the report.
That’s what I get for being a networking dude in a class full of programmers - they get to code actual demos, while the best I can do is to show the audience a bunch of command output scrolling by.
Anyway, I’ve settled on gnuplot to make some pretty plots, mostly because I can automate the plot generation. The results look something like the Excel’s surface chart, but a helluva lot more interactive.
However, I won’t necessarily be able to fire up my Linux laptop on the podium - I’m pretty much stuck with Powerpoint. The best I can do is to generate some hopefully representative images of certain views of certain plots.
That doesn’t seem terribly slick. And unfortunately, in this dumbass class, slickness counts.
So, have any of you had to deal with this kind of situation? How did you impress the empty suits? I’m prepared to stand tall upon my statistical genius if I have to, but somebody has to have figured out how to add a little flash to this kind of thing.