# What do you call a graph of value vs rank of the value?

What do you call a graph of value vs rank of the value?

For example, say I make a census of the 2010 net income for a bunch of people.

• The graph of net income vs age gives me a: scatterplot
• The graph of net income vs location (latitude, longitude) gives me a: height map
• After sorting the net income values so the value in rank 1 is highest income, rank 2 is the next-highest, etc., then the graph of net income vs rank gives me a: ???

(This may be a question more about information graphics than about math -- is there some other site, perhaps Graphic Design, that is a better place for this kind of question than Math.StackExchange?)

My understanding is that Zipf's law often applies to such graphs. Ideally I'd like a name for all such graphs, whether or not Zipf's law applies to them. What do you call such a graph of value vs rank of the value?

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You could maybe try stats.SE if you don't get a good answer here. – Ilmari Karonen Jul 3 '12 at 20:41