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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 Merriam-Webster 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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