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Ugh. Maybe they were using unpaid humanities interns.


There are 33 columns in the bottom bar graph, but only 17 labels. What on earth are the 16 unlabeled columns for? Actually, never mind that - which 17 columns do the labels even apply to?


Are there any ideas as to what can be done to prevent graphs with flaws such as these (which run the risk of misinforming people) from surfacing? We're winning half the battle by recognizing these flaws and exposing them, but how can we take it a step further and actually transform the information graphic industry to the point where we see less and less of these flaws?

Looking forward to reading any ideas. (Perhaps this question has been asked before and in response to this question, action is already taking place that I may not be aware of...)


Paula: Thanks for affirming the spirit of this blog... my tagline is recycling. In most cases, I take the raw materials and create improved charts. If you scroll through the old posts, you will find many examples of how to do better. For this particular post, I haven't been able to understand the data so I can't do much about it.


Kaiser, Thank You very much for your reply. I appreciate it and, your blog.

Yes, I tried reading through the World Happiness Report and I also found that it was hard to understand the data. I also noticed that on some of the graphs they used, they had footnotes as to how they went about their questioning, etc. However, for these examples provided in the post, they did not have any footnotes-I was hoping the notes could help clarify some of the confusion.

I will scroll more through the old posts. Thank You!


Were spoiled here in North America. We have to much opportunity and we can't see it because we have it to easy. We are so motivated by superficial means. We need to sit back and appropriate everything we have. How can you truly enjoy life if you don't appropriate it?

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