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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Charts, Graphs, Facepalms



(from: http://www.tylervigen.com/ )


Nautilus posted a simple, worthwhile piece recently that was a lesson on how easily the public is fooled by manipulated charts:

http://nautil.us/issue/19/illusions/five-ways-to-lie-with-charts

It reminds one a bit of another site, "Spurious Correlations," that focuses on examples (like the one above) of graphs that show... guess what...: spurious correlations (well, likely spurious, anyway):

http://www.tylervigen.com/

It's all a valuable reminder that people aren't just fooled by empirical-sounding numbers, but by easily-misinterpreted visual presentations as well.

Finally, if you prefer your charts with a dose of humor, check these out:

http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-graphs-and-charts-2/ 

...and plenty more here:

http://www.allfunnycharts.com/


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