Misleading graphs


After seeing a news story recently about a terrible chart on gun crime in Florida I decided to update a quick powerpoint on various other examples of misleading graphs and charts I had used earlier in the year. For anyone who teaches how to visualise data correctly I find it frustrating just how misleading many of the graphs used in the media are, but only when you look closely. I have no doubt many unsuspecting viewers/readers are being led astray due to journalists who may not have much knowledge of how to correctly create a data visualisation, or worse, intentionally misleading the public through crafty manipulations. (Although after asking excel to produce a bar chart for the Bush tax data I was surprised to see it did exactly what Fox News did, so it does seem easy to get it wrong)

The year 7 set I used it with earlier in the year were…

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