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What would be the best way of drawing a political spectrum diagram like this one:


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Definitely TikZ, check texample.net/tikz/examples for a suitable starting point. –  Uwe Ziegenhagen Nov 30 '12 at 17:11

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

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\put(10,100){\makebox(0,0)[r]{\rotatebox{90}{\textsc{Picture Mode}}}}

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I should add that apart from giving a bias towards picture mode, the placement of the other packages is arbitrary:-) –  David Carlisle Nov 30 '12 at 17:25
Thank you, this is perfect. –  ℝaphink Nov 30 '12 at 22:48
Shouldn't the adjectives be on the lines and the packages be in the boxes? –  asmeurer Dec 1 '12 at 3:29
How is it possible to automatically scale this image to the page? –  ℝaphink Dec 1 '12 at 8:29
@asmeurer you'd better vote for Jake's version:-) –  David Carlisle Dec 1 '12 at 11:36

I would (of course) use PGFPlots for this. Once the axis is set up, you can add your data in a really easy and clear way:

Difficulty Clarity Package
0.8        0.6     PSTricks
0.6        0.8     TikZ


    xmin=-1, xmax=1,
    ymin=-1, ymax=1,
    axis equal image,
    xtick=\empty, ytick=\empty,
    axis lines*=middle,
    after end axis/.code={
        \node at (current axis.right of origin) [anchor=west] {Easy};
        \node at (current axis.left of origin) [anchor=east] {Hard};
        \node at (current axis.above origin) [anchor=south] {Clear};
        \node at (current axis.below origin) [anchor=north] {Obscure};

\addplot [
    nodes near coords, 
    only marks, 
    point meta=explicit symbolic
] table [meta=Package] {
    Difficulty Clarity Package
    0.8 0.6 PSTricks
    0.6 0.8 TikZ
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I suppose I'd better give you +1 :-) –  David Carlisle Nov 30 '12 at 18:39

This is quite straightforward with »tikZ/PGF«.


    \draw (0,6)  node[above]                 {Freedom}  -- (0,-6) node[below]                 {Authority}
          (-6,0) node[xshift=-6pt,rotate=90] {Equality} -- (6,0)  node[xshift=6pt,rotate=-90] {Inequality};
    \node at (-3,3) {Social Democracy};
    \node at (3,3) {Classical Liberalism};
    \node at (-3,-3) {Communism};
    \node at (3,-3) {Facism};

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An option using the positioning library from tikz



\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=5cm]
  \node(origin) at (0,0){};
  % nodes on horizontal and vertical
  \node(freedom)[above=of origin]{FREEDOM};
  \node(authority)[below=of origin]{AUTHORITY};
  \node(equality)[left=of origin]{\rotatebox{90}{EQUALITY}};
  \node(inequality)[right=of origin]{\rotatebox{-90}{INEQUALITY}};
  % nodes on diagonals
  \node(socdemo)[above left=3cm of origin]{Social democracy};
  \node(classlib)[above right=3cm of origin]{Classical liberalism};
  \node(facism)[below right=3cm of origin]{Facism};
  \node(facism)[below left=3cm of origin]{Communism};
  % connect horizontal and vertical nodes
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