Thursday, November 13, 2014

Charts, Graphs, Facepalms

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

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: 

...and plenty more here:

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