chapter  3
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Graphs—How Best to Represent the Data

Edward Tufte’s assessment of graphs as similar to words as a means of communication with no more or less potential to deceive is an important issue in considering the place of data representation in the data and chance curriculum. His view that most people have “pretty good graphical lie detectors,” however, is not borne out at the school level. It is there that a conscious effort needs to be expended to achieve the skills that will provide the lie detectors required by statistically literate adults.