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Andrea Wiggins Misleading Graph SCIE211-Q6WW Professor Anne Gregg 3/22/2020
Misleading graphs can be powerful and displaying large quantities of complex data. Unfortunately, some graphs can deceive or mislead the consumer. The designer gives the readers the impression of better results or performance in that situation. In many cases, the person that prepares the graph to honest and accurate but this may mislead the reader. Any graph that distracts the reader from fully understanding what they are viewing can be considered misleading. If the graph doesn’t have the following information title, labels on both axes of a line or bar chart and all sections of a pie chart, source of the data, key to a pictograph, uniform size of a symbol in a pictograph, the scale does it start with zero If not, is there a break shown, scale: are the numbers equally spaced. The graph above being a non-standard size or shape is quite misleading. It looks very attractive, but it is missing the vertical axis. The 3D graph makes 1995 to be more than in 1997 because the size of the 1995 bar looks bigger. Fact is 1995 and 1997 are identical.

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