WEB LOGS: Graphing Lesson

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Science  13 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5797, pp. 229
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5797.229b

Jam-packed charts that bury the main point. Cutesy layouts that make it difficult to read values from a graph. Misplaced numbers that divert the eye from the most important information. These are just some of the graphical sins Kaiser Fung enumerates in his blog Junk Charts. Once or twice a week, Fung, a statistics consultant, critiques examples from magazines, newspapers, government reports, and other sources. Although the charts typically involve business and sports topics, scientists can pick up tips about designing better diagrams for their own papers and presentations.

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