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How to spot a misleading graph - Lea Gaslowitz

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When they’re used well, graphs can help us intuitively grasp complex data. But as visual software has enabled more usage of graphs throughout all media, it has also made them easier to use in a careless or dishonest way — and as it turns out, there are plenty of ways graphs can mislead and outright manipulate. Lea Gaslowitz shares some things to look out for.

Distorting the scale on a graph is one of the most common methods of presenting which of the following form(s) of misleading information?

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  • Educator Lea Gaslowitz
  • Director Mark Phillips
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
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  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen

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