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I think the problem here with decimals isn't just about readability but also implied accuracy. Inflation adjusted figures are never going to be precise facts, as inflation doesn't apply equally to all categories of goods or even all goods within a given category they're more like guides to aid comparison, show affordability in context.

Also what does bar thickness represent? Are the values shown as areas. Confusing.


I tried reworking this infographic into a data graphic, Junk-Charts-style, over on my blog. Any feedback that you or your readers are willing to offer will be appreciated. Thanks!


Mmanti: good job with the re-do. I just want to put the link up here so other readers can find your chart.


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The visualization is effective, it's amazing how quickly all the new "needs" add up :)

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