The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Principles and Pitfalls of Displaying Data
Steve C. Wang

One need only peruse a copy of Time, USAToday, or a professional journal to see that data graphics have become ubiquitous. In this talk we will explore principles for graphically displaying data well (and badly), many of which were first elucidated by graphics guru Edward Tufte. We will also see how one can use graphics to mislead (a subdiscipline of "lying with statistics"). We will examine many graphics from a variety of sources and view some candidates for The Worst Graphic of All Time.

Prerequisities: No statistical or scientific background is assumed. Audience participation is expected.


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