You Fool! Don’t You Know That You’re Supposed to Start the Y-Axis at 97,000,000, Not 94,000,000?

A colleague points me to this:

Actually, my problem is not so much the Fox graphics team’s continuing ridiculous choices of lower bounds (particularly inappropriate when the data are presented as a set of bars rather than as a line) but rather that the starting point is so recent. Why not provide a bit of perspective and go back a few years or even a couple of decades?

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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Andrew Gelman

Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University.