Sunday, January 6, 2013

incompetent graphmaking from USA Today

USA Today' Incompetent Graph About Gun Control Poll question 'are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semiautomatic guns known as assault rifles?'
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The green bars are calibrated to the blue 60% bar. The 44% bar is obviously incorrectly scaled.

This USA Today's poll results graph is a bit skewed. There are 2 questions shown :
1) "Which would you prefer: enforce the current gun laws more strictly and not pass new gun laws or pass new gun laws in addition to enforcing the current ones more strictly?"
2) "Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semiautomatic guns known as assault rifles?"

All of the bars are on the same scale except for one. The 44% bar showing a one point increase in support is exaggerated.   And it just coincidentally happens to enlarge the bar showing support for a ban to the same size as those who oppose it. The green bars show the roughly correct scaling.


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Their third graph used a different scale for each question. They should know that using 2 different scales make it the results less clear than they should be. They don't even mention that they are on a different scale.

USA Today using 2 different scales to on 2 bar charts side by side making the results less clear than they should be.
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the green bars are calibrated to the blue 62% bar on the left and the orange bars are calibrated to the blue 54% bar on the right

In My Garden of Love

video
Benny Hill - My Garden of Love

The lyrics :

In my garden of love

Now there’s a rose for the way my spirits rose when we met
A forget-me-not to remind me to remember not to forget
A pine tree for the way I pined over you
And an ash for the day I ashed you to be true

And the sun and the rain fell from up above
And landed on the earth below
In my garden of love

Now there’s a beetroot for the day you said that you’d beetroot to me
A sweet pea for the sweet way you always used to smiled at me
But you had friends who needed you
There was Ferdy, there was Liza
So, just for them, I put down a load of ferdy-liza

And the sun and the rain fell from up above
And landed on the earth below
In my garden of love

Oh, Gus the gardener’s left now and you went with him, too
The fungus here reminds me of the fun Gus is having with you
The rockery’s a mockery, with weeds it’s overgrown
The fuchsia’s gone, I couldn’t face the fuchsia all alone

And my tears fell like raindrops from the sky above
And poisoned all the flowers in my garden of love