Cheating Graphically

Recently spotted on the Duarte Blog: Cheating by Charting. An excerpt from Spear’s Practical Charting Techniques. This stuff is genius.

Methinks this could be used in math class. “Hey kids, we’re going to play Corporate Spin today. You’ll hide a disappointing stat in a graph so the public doesn’t realize how much we’re polluting/raising prices/whatever.” (My, I didn’t realize I was feeling so cynical today…)

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2 thoughts on “Cheating Graphically

  1. Edwar Tufte’s Visual Display of Quantitative Information contains an excellent chapter on graphical integrity. Not for the first time, recommend it highly. 🙂

  2. Ok, ok. I’ll read Tufte! Now that grad school is nearly done, it’s time I dive into something new. Thanks for the feedback, Phil.

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