Misleading Display
by Steve Phelps
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That big triangle looks a lot more than 5 times bigger than the little one. Is it?







Are the triangle proportionally correct to the dollar amounts they represent?



Are the triangles proportional to the dollar values by heights or areas (or neither)?


Who priced it that badly? What is the thickness ratio if the price is consistent?






How many smaller triangles will it take to fill the area of the larger triangle? What would the cost be in relation to the larger triangle?



How long ago did Edward Tufte first rail against these kinds of graphics?






is the ratio of the areas of the two triangles equivalent to 26.4:114.6?









Where is the scale factor used on these figures, the width or the height? It seems misleading because of their respective areas.










What data goes with this graphic? Are they actually in the correct proportion?




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