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Noah Snyder
Math 101
Section 10
Thomas Crook
Good Graph/Bad Graph Paper
What defines a good graph? What defines a bad graph? There are many different ways of
presenting data. One common way of presenting data is in a graph. Graphs are defined in the
MerriamWebster dictionary as a diagram (as a series of one or more points, lines, line segments,
curves, or areas) that represents the variation of a variable in comparison with that of one or
more other variables. A good graph can be defined as a graph that accurately presents data
through a convenient medium while not biasing the data. A bad graph can be defined as a graph
that tries to bias said data toward one source or another. Graphs come in all shapes and sizes.
There are many types of graphs including bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, and histograms.
Different graphs present data in different ways. Some graphs present data accurately and some
not so accurately.
Often what happens is that people tend to exaggerate certain data points to
better convince the bigger audience of their point. Groups like the government, corporations, and
even institutions like schools often use graphs bias information in their favor. There are several
examples of these bad graphs that I will show later.
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 Fall '07
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