Books that Make You Dumb (Not Really)

Posted to Ugly Charts  |  Nathan Yau

Virgil Griffith has created a series of graphs called Books that Make You Dumb. He correlates top books on FaceBook by school and the corresponding schools’ average SAT scores. Notice Freakonomics is pretty far to the right. Nice.

The graphs are of course aren’t really that statistical nor are they especially beautiful, but hey, just take it for what is it, and it’s kind of amusing. Plus, it’s a good example of how you can use data from different sources to find something interesting.

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