A Checklist for Statistical Pictures
Use this checklist to judge the quality of a graphical depiction of data.
- Overall Impression
- Is the message clear?
- Is the purpose clear?
- Is there any clutter?
- Is the source of the data given?
- Is the source reliable?
- Is labeling clear?
- Do the axes start at 0? (If not, is this clearly indicated? is it
being used to deceive?)
- Is scale constant? (especially time intervals)
- Is scale linear? (area can be used to exagerate differences)
- Are there any breaks along axis? are they easy to spot?
- Was inflation adjustment made? (financial data over time)
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