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Questionable fumble statistics for Deflate-Gate

A data-centric look at New England Patriots fumble rates at home made the rounds this week. The most cited tidbit was that there is only a 1 in 16,233 chance…

Basic chart, wrong conclusions

A short post on Bloomberg from 2013 describes the fall of U.S. mens' income for the past forty years. To illustrate, the author uses the chart above, and we're like,…

Unintentional Venn diagram suggests opposite meaning

Most people probably wouldn't think much about this poster that shows the values of Thomson Reuters. But when you think of the graphic as a Venn diagram, it's hard to…

Geography.

By way of David Kennerr, something in this CNN frame seems off.…

Newborn false positives

Shutterfly sent promotional emails that congratulate new parents and encourage them to send thank you cards. The problem: a lot of people on that list weren't new parents. Several tipsters…

Fox News bar chart gets it wrong

Because Fox News. See also this, this, and this. [Thanks, Meron]…

This pie chart is amazing.

From the Winnipeg Sun. Something isn't right here. [via]…

Incredibly divided nation in a map

I knew things were bad, but I didn't know they were this bad. Obama has his work cut out for him. [Thanks, @adamsinger]…

Fox News continues charting excellence

Fox News tried to show the change in the top tax rate if the Bush tax cuts expire, so they showed the rate now and what'd it be in 2013.…

Mitt Romney pseudo-venn diagram, used incorrectly

The Mitt Romney campaign put this venn diagram up a few days ago, aiming to show the "promise gap." On the left is an Obama promise, and on the right…

Why are so many men pregnant?

Garbage in, garbage out the old adage goes. Nigel Hawkes, Director of Straight Statistics, describes a sort of statistical whistleblowing letter to the British Medical Journal. A team from Imperial…

New iPad battery size is huge

From Gizmodo, this shows battery size in the new iPad versus that of the iPad 2. The battery in the former is 70 percent bigger than that of the latter.…

Fox News still makes awesome charts

Charts and graphs are great, because they can let you see a pattern that you might not see in a spreadsheet, but they only work when you use the actual…

Open thread: Can you spot the wrongness in this tax graph?

The argument behind this graph in The Wall Street Journal is that the middle class has most of the money and ties into a larger argument about who should be…

Open thread: Charts during the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address yesterday, and this year it was "enhanced" by charts and graphs. Basically, as Obama spoke, graphics that you could equate…

Right versus wrong bubble size

I was going to post this graphic from Good when it came out, but decided not to. I made the same mistake when I first started out. It was another…

Harvard scientist found guilty of misconduct

Shady research from Harvard scientist Marc Hauser is confirmed: On Friday, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Harvard faculty of arts and sciences, issued a letter to the faculty confirming…

Wait. Something isn’t right here…

No clue where this is from, but something seems sort of off, no? I guess we should take the title literally. By the numbers... only. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt though, and assume this was just an honest mistake. Here's my guess about what happened.

Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.

What? I don't see anything wrong with it.…

What’s Wrong With this Graphic on the Future of Information?

This graphic on the history and future of information has been making the rounds. Several people sent it to me a while back, but it didn't seem quite right, so…

What’s Wrong With this Financial Bubble Chart?

If there's anything good that has come out of America's financial crisis, it's the interesting and high-quality infographics. This isn't one of them. Below is an ill-conceived bubble chart from…

Fail: Area Circles on Wall Street

I know next to nothing about the economy, stocks, and investments, but I do know a little bit about charts and graphs. The above area circles were prepared by someone…