Common problems with charts… and how to avoid them!

The main point of a graph is to relay information very quickly; you would hope that someone viewing your data would see the point very quickly and then you can discuss the implications at length. But because you are effectively placing so much information in one graphic, it is easy to give the wrong message, whether by intention or by mistake. Let’s assume that you aren’t out to mislead your audience, there are still several ways in which you can unwittingly give out spurious information. The main ways in which this can happen include;

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