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posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:38 AM
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If this is NOT okay, I apologize in advance, but I don't really go to any other websites where I can ask for help, and nobody in my personal life has a clue.

I am taking a statistics in psychology class, and one of my problems this week is to find an example in a newspaper or magazine (online ok) of a graph that misleads by failing to use equal interval sizes or by exaggerating proportions.

I've browsed and browsed and browsed. The graphs/charts I've found don't seem to be misleading, but maybe I need to dig more on places like fox news, or yahoo news. I'm not asking anyone to find the answer for me! Maybe you can give me some idea of search term combinations or something like that that would guide me in the right direction? Or maybe you have some advice for a specific website that might be notorious for presenting misleading research?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and again, sorry if this is any kind of T&C violation.




posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:41 AM
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you simply need to refine your search on the internet..."statistical abnormalities"..."fooling people with statistics"...along those lines...think outside the box as far as search terms.
edit on 29-7-2012 by jimmyx because: context



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:45 AM
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Sounds like you should choose one of many bogus presidential polls to feature in your assignment, they're all wrong.




posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:49 AM
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here is this
showing you what to look for.

faculty.atu.edu...

www.econoclass.com...

and here is an example from the cdc

www.smokingaloud.com...

that should get you started...good luck



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:49 AM
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Just watch #honestmistake about the Ron Paul campaign and polling from the MSM.




posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:56 AM
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I think any websites belonging to the mainstream media would be a great place to look for misleading graphs. I agree, stories involving Ron Paul might provide some... or the economy, maybe. There are always a lot of graphs about that.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:57 AM
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Google Immigration graph, no doubt you will find one in a mainstream newspaper that will be garaunteed to be based on total fiction. Though Immigrants wont be getting bashed in the press for at least another year or two, im not sure which part of the cycle were on but immigrants were getting blamed for EVERYTHING not too long ago. So it may not be the trendiest subject to pick.

Failing that, paypal me 30 dollars and ill do it for you.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:57 AM
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Check out the graphs that they use in USA today.
Think you'll find some useful stuff there.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 09:59 AM
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reply to post by MojaveBurning
 


Stock charts are great for this. an example:

How Charts lie



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 10:01 AM
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Originally posted by jimmyx
you simply need to refine your search on the internet..."statistical abnormalities"..."fooling people with statistics"...along those lines...think outside the box as far as search terms.
edit on 29-7-2012 by jimmyx because: context


Excellent advice, thank you!

Originally posted by BIHOTZ
here is this
showing you what to look for.

faculty.atu.edu...

www.econoclass.com...

and here is an example from the cdc

www.smokingaloud.com...

that should get you started...good luck



Great links, these are very very helpful, I appreciate your effort!

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Thanks, I'll check it out!

reply to post by Murad
 


Thanks for the suggestion, but I think I'll keep my $30 and do my own work!

I was trying to reply to everyone, because you all presented some really really good ideas to get me going. Seems like the good ideas keep rolling in, so I'll just start handing out gold stars instead!
Thank you all very much, and thanks for not getting all snarky!



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 10:06 AM
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I think you could take most any survey and show it to be skewed towards one side or the other. Especially any 'online survey' as they are typically easy to sway in whatever direction one chooses to.

It's quite similar to 'research grants', in my opinion, for the most part ... with the 'results' of said 'research' typically leaning towards some sort of preconceived or 'anticipated' outcome.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 10:31 AM
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I found what I was looking for! A ridiculously simple, half as*** prepared graph on USA Today about people who use their cell phones on airplanes.

Thanks again everyone.



posted on Jul, 29 2012 @ 12:21 PM
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you may still want to take a look at this one:
www.anandtech.com...

gotta love how the graph starts at 0.8x - it surely doesn't give the impression that their new gpus are 'oh so much faster and worth the cash'



posted on May, 21 2015 @ 03:39 AM
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VanCharts will surely give you good solution for getting your work done. 



posted on May, 23 2015 @ 04:29 AM
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I'll give you another example no one has really mentioned yet. Anyone who has taken 6th grade should be familiar with people modifying the charts (or that's when I had those classes atleast). One that you'll almost never be taught about though is polling results. When polls are conducted they will find a certain number such as saying 54% of Americans are voting for Mitt Romney and 46% are voting for Obama. However, somewhere in the reporting of the poll will be some fine print that states the margin of error on the poll. The margin could be as wide as 7%, so if someone wants to spin the poll for Obama they'll add 7% to him while taking 7% from Romney, then they can report the poll as Romney 47%, Obama 53%. This is within the polls reported data so it's completely legal to do. Alternatively, someone who wants to make the lead look like a landslide can say Romney 61%, Obama 39%.

Using this example you can often find the same poll with different numbers on every news network (Fox, CNN, MSNBC make for a good baseline comparisons).

Edit: I'm going to give you one more and tell you exactly where to find it. Look up the 2008 bailouts, and the CEO's assigning bonuses.
It was reported like this
Bailout: 175 Billion
Bonuses: 165 Million

What they were doing is comparing 175 to 165 to make it look like most of the bailout money went to reward CEO's. Yet there was billion/million stated but those numbers sound the same and aren't really comprehensible to people anyways, very few people can equate the difference in an order of magnitude in their head. More accurate reporting would have said:
Bailout: 175,000 Million
Bonuses: 165 Million

This way the scale wouldn't have been changed when presenting the information.
edit on 23-5-2015 by Aazadan because: (no reason given)





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