# What is an example of a misleading graph?

## What is an example of a misleading graph?

The “classic” types of misleading graphs include cases where: The Vertical scale is too big or too small, or skips numbers, or doesn’t start at zero. The graph isn’t labeled properly. Data is left out.

## What is the most misleading type of graph?

Manipulating the Y-axis Arguably, the most common form of misleading graphs is one that has its Y-axis manipulated. When comparing large numbers with each other many try to exclude zero from the Y-axis in order to better show the differences between instances.

**Where can I find misleading graphs?**

Read more about how graphs can be misleading here:

- Media Matters – A History Of Dishonest Fox Charts. mediamatters.org.
- Reddit – Data Is Ugly. reddit.com.
- Heap – How To Life With Data Visualization. data.heapanalytics.com.
- Junk Charts. junkcharts.typepad.com.
- Spurilous Correlations. tylervigen.com.

**Do you think 3D pie charts distort the data in a way that is misleading?**

Pie charts are one of the most overused graphs in the world and in most cases are not the best way to present data. They often distort the information and make it more difficult for decision-makers to understand the messages they contain.

### What is the most common trick to mislead readers of bar graphs?

What is the most common trick to mislead readers of bar graphs? Change the scale of the vertical axis so that it does not start at 0.

### What are misleading statistics?

What Is A Misleading Statistic? Misleading statistics refers to the misuse of numerical data either intentionally or by error. The results provide deceiving information that creates false narratives around a topic. Misuse of statistics often happens in advertisements, politics, news, media, and others.

**Why are misleading graphs used?**

Misleading graphs may be created intentionally to hinder the proper interpretation of data or accidentally due to unfamiliarity with graphing software, misinterpretation of data, or because data cannot be accurately conveyed. Misleading graphs are often used in false advertising.

**Do you think 3 D pie charts distort the data in a way that is misleading?**