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Have you been reading graphs correctly? Living in an age of data and information, we are surrounded by graphs which can make it easier to learn about a particular set of data. In fact, we deal with data every day. The greatest example can be that of COVID-19 at the moment. We can see graphs all over the Internet, regarding the number of deaths, the number of recoveries, the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading or declining, and so on. So what's the problem with this overflow of information?

This is not to say that there is something wrong with the data you are examining, but just that it might be represented in a way to confuse you. A major role in this confusion is due to write bias. Just like in history, we have biased historians who are most likely to state the narrative they support. Similarly, in writing about anything at all, the personal judgment of the writer can lead you away from the actual point being conveyed.
The type of graph also affects the data being represented. Pie charts are not suitable for every data set, and likewise, bar graphs are not suitable in all circumstances either. Mostly, pie charts are suitable for data comparison within a particular group, whereas bar graphs are suitable for comparing data between various groups.

Also See: 11 Awesome Data Visualizations Way Ahead of Their Time #infographic

The infographic below will further develop your understanding of graphs and interpreting them correctly.


How Graphs Can Mislead You

Infographic by: Venngage

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How Graphs Can Mislead You #Infographic

Have you been reading graphs correctly? Living in an age of data and information, we are surrounded by graphs which can make it easier to learn about a particular set of data. In fact, we deal with data every day. The greatest example can be that of COVID-19 at the moment. We can see graphs all over the Internet, regarding the number of deaths, the number of recoveries, the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading or declining, and so on. So what's the problem with this overflow of information?

This is not to say that there is something wrong with the data you are examining, but just that it might be represented in a way to confuse you. A major role in this confusion is due to write bias. Just like in history, we have biased historians who are most likely to state the narrative they support. Similarly, in writing about anything at all, the personal judgment of the writer can lead you away from the actual point being conveyed.
The type of graph also affects the data being represented. Pie charts are not suitable for every data set, and likewise, bar graphs are not suitable in all circumstances either. Mostly, pie charts are suitable for data comparison within a particular group, whereas bar graphs are suitable for comparing data between various groups.

Also See: 11 Awesome Data Visualizations Way Ahead of Their Time #infographic

The infographic below will further develop your understanding of graphs and interpreting them correctly.


How Graphs Can Mislead You

Infographic by: Venngage

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