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In this particular case, the line chart makes it harder to understand the facts - the shape of the line graph attracts our attention and we look for meaning where there is none.

The second option does throw up some interesting aspects. But you do need to put in some effort to understand the chart and then there could be some 'grumbling'

I think that the doughnut chart does a reasonable job;

-It is clear that paid work and study is higher in Japan [ Probably the reason why it occupies the first position in an anti-clockwise direction}

- it also shows the difference in personal care in different countries.

Effective enough as far as I am concerned - If a reader want more precise data look up the data labels - they are used in other charts too.

There has been a lot of discussion recently on pie charts / doughnut charts, I have written on the gestalt principle of equilibrium and pie charts at www.visualquest.in , eagereyes.org has an interesting defence of pie charts. Interesting perspective those

Tom West

I like teh third chart the best - but it would be nice if it stated what the averages were.


worst economist chart ever came out today: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/06/quantifying-history

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