Improving The Clarity Of Graphs

Problems of typesetting can also affect the appearance of graphs — they too can be squeezed or enlarged to make them fit the space available, and this can affect the perceived importance of the results. And, like tables, graphs too can be separated from where they are first mentioned in the text.

Graphs can also be distorted by their authors — by expanding or contracting the spaces between the measures on the ordinate or the abscissa, or by only focusing on a range of results. Figure 3.5.1 shows the effects of such a strategy.

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