Q: What features can make a graph misleading?

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Don't make graphs misleading!As for the answer: different scales, leaving out points, drawing extra lines with no meaning, confusing labels, ...Most graphs you see online are misleading, few are really good.

They usually contain a "break" in the graph, which would be on the left side of the graph.

1. when its too detailed 2. does not start at zero 3. does not have equal intervals there are several more, but that's all i remember

Graphs can mislead people by the way they are prepared. See related links for good examples of misleading graphs. When you see a graph, you are seeing a summary of the data. Sometimes our data is misleading, so the graph is just presenting misleading data. For example, I show a graph of how much men and women make each year at a company. I see men make more every year, while women just stay about the same. Perhaps the company just has one woman working there. Perhaps in her job, there are no salary increases. I can also not start the y-axis at zero, to exagerrate the differences. A chart should include all the data. Excluding some data can result in a misleading graph. However, in a graph showing changes over period of time, the preparer of the graph has to chose how long a period is relavent. If we are explaining global warming, a plot showing 100 years might be good. But a graph of car accidents per year, perhaps 5 years is more reasonable.

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A graph that leads you to think something else

Don't make graphs misleading!As for the answer: different scales, leaving out points, drawing extra lines with no meaning, confusing labels, ...Most graphs you see online are misleading, few are really good.

No titles or axis' No numbers Or making the graph difficult to read

They usually contain a "break" in the graph, which would be on the left side of the graph.

Incorrectly plotted points.

There are some advantages: If the broken line graph is misleading in your business in a good way, people will really believe you and your business in whatever the graph says. For example, If there is a line graph that shows that today your customer satisfaction rate is 99.9% then your customers will really believe you which will make your business more popular. The only bad things are if your customers realize that the graph is misleading or "broken" then they will abandon your business and then maybe your employees will do the same thing because they lose your trust. But if you make the graph believable, you are super successful. But, of course if you don't want to risk it, I would suggest using a non broken graph just in case. Hope this answers your question!

A misleading graph is when a graph provides only part of the information, or displays comparisons that are not based on all of the information. For example, a fiscal graph for a city may show a reduction in sales tax rates, but may not indicate that the decline was more than matched by an increase in other taxes (such as a franchise tax) on the same retail operations.

1. when its too detailed 2. does not start at zero 3. does not have equal intervals there are several more, but that's all i remember

Graphs can mislead people by the way they are prepared. See related links for good examples of misleading graphs. When you see a graph, you are seeing a summary of the data. Sometimes our data is misleading, so the graph is just presenting misleading data. For example, I show a graph of how much men and women make each year at a company. I see men make more every year, while women just stay about the same. Perhaps the company just has one woman working there. Perhaps in her job, there are no salary increases. I can also not start the y-axis at zero, to exagerrate the differences. A chart should include all the data. Excluding some data can result in a misleading graph. However, in a graph showing changes over period of time, the preparer of the graph has to chose how long a period is relavent. If we are explaining global warming, a plot showing 100 years might be good. But a graph of car accidents per year, perhaps 5 years is more reasonable.

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