Lying with Data

How to abuse information and get away with it

tk

Updated July 15, 2019

Distortions

All charts do not start at zero

Contrary to what you might have read in How to Lie with Statistics ...

Show the global temperature with a range of zero to 100 and then with a reasonable range of 54-58.

Poor aspect ratio

When try to wedge information into a space that constraints or exaggerates our ability to show the data, we often mislead the reader into seeing a misrepresentation of the data.

Take this data on aging...

Is it a distortion if it highlights the intended information?

Economic data scatterplot example

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