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Data Visualisation

Data visualisation is the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format. It enables decision-makers to see data from a new perspective and to identify new patterns.

These videos from Crash Course Statistics give an overview of making visualisations for different data types. The first video focuses on:

  • bar charts
  • pie charts
  • pictographs
  • histograms

It shows you what they can and cannot tell us about their underlying data as well as some of the ways they can be misused to misinform.

The second Crash Course Statistics looks at how to represent data with:

  • dot plots
  • box plots
  • stem and leaf plots

Misleading statistics information

The use of data and graphs can give a report or statement authority. Train yourself to be a critical consumer of statistics.

This video exposes the most commonly used ways graphs can be used carelessly or in a dishonest way.

Further information

  • There are many other ways that data and statistics can be used to mislead. From biased sampling to claims of causality Fast Company review 7 ways to lie with statistics.