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Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012



As requested by the Politically-loaded maps thread over in D&D.

Any graphs or charts that you see in the media, and that are incomprehensible, utterly misleading, or bad in some other way.

Here's a few to start this thread off.





Upside down...



I got most of these from the blog http://junkcharts.typepad.com/

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Count Roland
Oct 6, 2013



I remembered this one, and was able to find it from googleing "fox news bar graph"

Torrannor
Apr 27, 2013

---FAGNER---
TEAM-MATE



That must take the crown for most misleading and dishonest chart I have ever seen. "Number of gun deaths in Florida went up after enacting stand your ground laws? Let's flip the graph upside down!"

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART

Torrannor posted:

That must take the crown for most misleading and dishonest chart I have ever seen. "Number of gun deaths in Florida went up after enacting stand your ground laws? Let's flip the graph upside down!"

If I remember correctly, that was made as an example of how graphs can be deceptive.

Tree Goat
May 24, 2009

argania spinosa


wtfviz is a good spot for these.

Some of my recent favorites:





Pakled posted:

If I remember correctly, that was made as an example of how graphs can be deceptive.

Nope, it was made in earnest, by Reuters.

ekuNNN
Nov 27, 2004


Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART

trapped mouse
May 25, 2008



This is the first time I've seen this graph. I don't even know where to begin. Why does the US male/female line move around if they aren't musicians? Does anyone seriously believe that the average life span of a rap star is 27? Don't blues stars have awful health?

I actually went and found the article, and discovered that they were only focusing on people that had died, and ignored the living. Goddamn this graph is stupid. Does this person not realize that Punk, Metal, Rap and Hip Hop have only been around for a few decades compared to the blues and loving jazz? So anyone who has already died has died early? This is very thinly veiled "new stuff is bad and will kill you."

Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012



I'm an avid fan of Electronicdiscofunk.

Shimrra Jamaane
Aug 9, 2007

Aloy, Despite the Nora


Who has the graph of the Iran Bomb, IE the best graph ever?

trapped mouse
May 25, 2008


Spanish Manlove
Aug 31, 2008

HAILGAYSATAN



source: http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

kazil
Jul 24, 2005
.



Good old Ronnie

Orange Fluffy Sheep
Jul 26, 2008

Bad EXP received



What is this even trying to say, and did they go out of their way to find two unreadable colors?

Nckdictator
Sep 8, 2006
Just..someone


I wonder what led to that big bump in 2007-08 for arcades.








Tree Goat
May 24, 2009

argania spinosa


Another tumblr I like is http://glitch-chart.tumblr.com/

Lord Hydronium
Sep 25, 2007

Non, je ne regrette rien




Torrannor posted:

That must take the crown for most misleading and dishonest chart I have ever seen. "Number of gun deaths in Florida went up after enacting stand your ground laws? Let's flip the graph upside down!"
It was supposed to be a take on this graph:



Just completely botched in execution in every way.

Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012





X-axis: left: evil, right: good
Y-axis: bottom: integrated, top: angry

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART


Vorpal Cat
Mar 19, 2009

Oh god what did I just post?


Lord Hydronium posted:

It was supposed to be a take on this graph:



Just completely botched in execution in every way.

The political maps thread had a long discussion on the many ways in which this was a better graph then the Florida one, but tldr, don't turn your histogram into a line graph, and don't flip your charts y axis upside down without a drat good reason.

Stoatbringer
Sep 15, 2004

naw, you love it
you little ho-bot


ThaGhettoJew
Jul 4, 2003

You're MY wife, now.

Nap Ghost

This is more about how to influence polls by shaping the question, but there are graphs that are either misleading or instructive depending on your favored interpretation. The Great Recession of the Late Oughts was a weird time for everybody.




Lies, drat lies, and statistics. And gently caress Frank Luntz.

StandardVC10
Feb 6, 2007

Dreams, Amelia - dreams and false alarms

Megamarm


Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART

Shimrra Jamaane
Aug 9, 2007

Aloy, Despite the Nora





Is this Time Cube?

Dienes
Nov 4, 2009

dee
doot doot dee
doot doot doot
doot doot dee
dee doot doot
doot doot dee
dee doot doot


College Slice

Shimrra Jamaane posted:



Is this Time Cube?

Only if you have 4-corner genitalia.

Albino Squirrel
Apr 25, 2003

Miosis more like meiosis

Carbon dioxide posted:



X-axis: left: evil, right: good
Y-axis: bottom: integrated, top: angry

Halle Berry is about half as good as Will Smith.


The President of the United States of loving America is just 'kinda' integrated.


A Good Chart.

Toys For Ass Bum
Feb 1, 2015



Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?



who the gently caress decided it was clever to add "total" on their pie chart.

Also Tyler Vigen's spurious correlation is the best website.

Strudel Man
May 19, 2003
ROME DID NOT HAVE ROBOTS, FUCKWIT

I have to admire the sheer audacity of that one.

Only registered members can see post attachments!

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART




Pakled has a new favorite as of 16:22 on Oct 8, 2015

Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?



"huh that looks OK, axes are labeled and everything and.. Oh wait "

Have these people never seen a graph?

StandardVC10
Feb 6, 2007

Dreams, Amelia - dreams and false alarms

Megamarm


Ouch my brain.

Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012



I don't think these are quite to scale.

https://imgur.com/shchYYd

AlphaKretin
Dec 25, 2014

A vase to face encounter.

...Vase to meet you?

...

GARVASE DAY!




Shamelessly stolen from SAL's student venting thread a while ago.

Peanut President
Nov 5, 2008






I'm tired. This one isn't clicking.

AlphaKretin
Dec 25, 2014

A vase to face encounter.

...Vase to meet you?

...

GARVASE DAY!



Peanut President posted:

I'm tired. This one isn't clicking.

That's plotting frequency of non-uniformly distributed shelf lives as the independent variable against temperature, which is like three different kinds of gently caress up. Temperature should be on the bottom and shelf life should be a linear scale on the side, with a scatter/line graph instead of column.

E: actually no bars don't necessarily mean frequency, it's saying that an MRE with a shelf life (which we can change at will) of X months will cause the surrounding area to be Y°.

AlphaKretin has a new favorite as of 06:57 on Oct 25, 2015

Vorpal Cat
Mar 19, 2009

Oh god what did I just post?


Peanut President posted:

I'm tired. This one isn't clicking.

They really should have had shelf life as the Y axis because your brain interprets larger bar as better, when on this graph its the smallest bar that has the largest shelf life.

Pick
Jul 19, 2009




Nap Ghost

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Vorpal Cat
Mar 19, 2009

Oh god what did I just post?



Are they trying to make it look like that vase/faces optical illusion?

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