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How charts lie : getting smarter about visual information

Author
Cairo, Alberto, 1974- author.
Title
How charts lie : getting smarter about visual information / Alberto Cairo.
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Published
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
Description
xii, 226 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages [207]-209) and index.
Contents
  • Prologue: a world brimming with charts
  • How charts work
  • Charts that lie by being poorly designed
  • Charts that lie by displaying dubious data
  • Charts that lie by displaying insufficient data
  • Charts that lie by concealing or confusing uncertainty
  • Charts that lie by suggesting misleading patterns
  • Conclusion: Don't lie to yourself (or to others) with charts.
Summary
"A leading data visualization expert explores the negative--and positive--influences that charts have on our perception of truth. We've all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don't understand what we're looking at? Social media has made charts, infographics, and diagrams ubiquitous--and easier to share than ever. While such visualizations can better inform us, they can also deceive by displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns-- or simply misinform us by being poorly designed, such as the confusing "eye of the storm" maps shown on TV every hurricane season. Many of us are ill equipped to interpret the visuals that politicians, journalists, advertisers, and even employers present each day, enabling bad actors to easily manipulate visuals to promote their own agendas. Public conversations are increasingly driven by numbers, and to make sense of them we must be able to decode and use visual information. By examining contemporary examples ranging from election-result infographics to global GDP maps and box-office record charts, How Charts Lie teaches us how to do just that"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Computer graphics.
Charts, diagrams, etc--Design.
Information visualization.
Social media.
ISBN
9781324001560 hardcover
1324001569 hardcover

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
T385 .C3388 2019
Location
Checked out
Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
T385 .C3388 2019
Location
Stacks
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