Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Misleading With Statistics

Alex at Marginal Revolution posts a chart showing that the exhaustion of unemployment benefits tracked very closely with disability applications under Social Security.
Unfortunately, it's a tad misleading, so  commentor Rahul produced a graph less misleading because it uses the same scale and intervals for both measures..

Alex's point is still valid, but it's a damned sight less dramatic.

One of the 10 best books I ever read: "How to Lie with Statistics". which dates to the 1950's.

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