5 Ways to Lie With Charts

Want to spin your data? Here’s how.

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Apr 15 · 4 min read
Illustration: Jennifer Daniel

By Becca Cudmore

A chart’s purpose is usually to help you properly interpret data. But sometimes, it does just the opposite. In the right (or wrong) hands, bar graphs and pie charts can become powerful agents of deception, tricking you into inferring trends that don’t exist, mistaking less for more, and missing alarming facts. The…

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