Evaluating Graphs - Boone County Schools

Evaluating Graphs - Boone County Schools

Evaluating Graphs Misleading Graphs Misleading graphs are sometimes deliberately misleading and sometimes its just a case of people not understanding the data behind the graph they

create. The classic types of misleading graphs include cases where: The Vertical scale is too big or too small, or skips numbers, or doesnt start at zero. The graph isnt labeled properly. Data is left out.

But some real life misleading graphs go above and beyond the classic types. Some are intended to mislead, others are intended to shock. And in some cases, well-meaning individuals just got it all plain wrong. These are some of my favorite recent-history misleading graphs from real life.

The Times leaves the rest behind or does it? Fox News Graph: What would happen if the Bush tax cuts expire?

Fox News Graph: Unemployment with Obama Administration What does this say?

Is College Worth It? Should Palin Have Won?

Are there more people on welfare than those that have full time jobs? Foxs 108.6 million figure for the number of people on welfare comes from a Census Bureaus accountof participation in meanstested programs, which include anyone residing in a household in

which one or more people received benefits in the fourth quarter of 2011, thus including individuals who did not themselves receive government benefits. On the other hand, the people with a full time job figure Fox used included only individuals who worked, not individuals residing in a household where at least one person

works. In other words, if you live with your Mom, Dad, brother Joe and cousin Sam, and Sam was (briefly) on some kind of welfare program, that counted against you and everyone in your household.

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