[Ads-l] "Manhattan plot" -- a term in graphing

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Jan 29 17:52:55 UTC 2016

"The research team began by focusing on a location on the human genome, the
MHC, which was most strongly associated with schizophrenia in previous
genetic studies. On a bar graph
called a Manhattan plot because it looks like a cluster of skyscrapers —
the MHC looms highest."
NY Times, January 28, 2016, section "A". page 1, under  the headline:
Scientists Home In on Cause of Schizophrenia

My last two posts have dealt with words beginning with "B", and the
appropriate volume of the OED was published during Cleveland's second
administration, if not Benjamin Harrison's.  The OED revised the "M"
section during the Cheney administration, so evidently this is a quite new


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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