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SOCIAL STATISTICS

Renáta Németh, Dávid Simon

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Misleading 3D charts

Misleading 3D charts

Example: Consider the following chart that displays the net income of a company between 2000 and 2004. The picture suggests a balanced growth, while the numbers behind (and the second, more accurate graph) shows a great fall in the last year. Additionally, the company had a net loss in 2000.

How was the first chart manipulated?

  • The presentation angle and the multiple colors divert attention from the fall.

  • The chart masks the loss by using a Y-range with a large negative starting point.

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