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SOCIAL STATISTICS

Renáta Németh, Dávid Simon

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How to lie with graphic presentations?

How to lie with graphic presentations?

(Supplementary reading: Darrell Huff: How to lie with statistics?)

Or in less forceful wording: how can charts mislead the readers?

Shrinking/stretching the chart

Highly affects the intuitive interpretation. The previous chart after horizontal shrinkage:

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It gives the impression of a steep increase. If, on the contrary, the chart is stretched horizontally, the picture shows a slow increase:

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