Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What's Wrong With this Graph?

There's a serious flaw with this infographic – a flaw that creates a false impression in just about every viewer.  Can you find it?  Here's the answer (a classic Megan McArdle takedown)...

1 comment:

  1. Sure, the note at the bottom saying "with the exception of the last two groups" is your immediate give-away. Anytime an axis on a chart like that is manipulated it is suspicious. Sometimes you use a log scale to accentuate something but most of the time, particularly in a case where they did it for only very specific groups AND they didn't call it out in different colors or something, it is to manipulate the facts.