People keep pointing me to this.

P.S. I miss the old days when people would point me to bad graphs.

Posted by Andrew on 24 July 2014, 10:24 am

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You want graphs? Look down at Figure 4.4 here (about half way down):

http://c23catfish.wikispaces.com/Assessment+4

Oof! OK, you win.

Wow!

Matthew Yglesias is all over the bad-graph beat.

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5930695/ted-cruz-makes-the-worlds-worst-chart

I don’t understand how people create plots like this when the numbers don’t seem to match up with the bars at all. When people give numbers to their publication departments to plot, do they just draw the plots without plugging in the numbers? That just seems more work. Check out the figures on page 2 of http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/global/files/se__sv_se__intelligence__Analytics_-_The_real-world_use_of_big_data.pdf. It is kind of funny (but worrying) that a report about accurately using data losing much of its credibility by its poor presentation.

Oh come now ! that’s just a ‘creative/alternate representation’ of a pi-chart ! Squares are the new circles. The more worrying bit is that the first square-plot does not even add to a 100% !

For a daily dose of bad graphs: http://www.reddit.com/r/dataisugly/