I'm almost certain this relationship is significant. Side note: Is there a meaningless-correlations tumblr yet? [via]
No Tumblr, but close enough: http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/?s=%22correlation%22%2B%22causation%22
Nice. But you should really label your y-axes!
Look, an immediate impact, no lag rate! :)
I think there is an implicit theoretical underpinning – Lower internet explorer market share corresponds to freer internet, more active internet which then without any lag (as noted in comment above) corresponds to more informed public which means more public vigilance hence lower crime. :)
I redid this yesterday to better show correlation. Came up with an R-squared of .965 There must be something to it ;)
There is no way to assume causality from this evidence (or lack of it)
Javier, i think it is a joke/message. Much better than the old stork/birth rate graph they showed me in school back in da day.
The funny thing is, there are many serious criminologists suggesting that recent (last few years) unexpected declines in crimes including graffiti, vandalism and gang involvement (so presumably also, including gang-related murder) are caused in part by an abundance of technology-driven better things for young people to do – including smartphones and games consoles: which of course use web browsers other than IE, lowering IE’s market share.
So there could actually be a real causal link here… :-)
Whoever produced this ought to have a basic principles graphics revision course – a column chart not beginning at zero!? Tut tut!
Better anyway if you are showing a correlation to do both series as lines or scatter plots.
If it were causal, which way?
1. This is freakin’ hilarious!
2. Wow.. some people just take life WAY to serious.
That is just awesome. It’s probably some whacked out designer killing IE 6 users.
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