Discussion topic for week 7: Data Visualization ( Advance Writing)

Learning Goal: I’m working on a business discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

In technical communication, data is often represented visually, perhaps through the use of graphs, tables, or charts. This discussion topic is designed to give you practice in identifying flaws in data visualization.

In completing this discussion topic, you will first want to peruse the three resources in the section titled Visualization of Data in Content for week 7.

For each of the following four questions, please write a couple of sentences for your answer.

1. Which of the following graphs represents the data more accurately? Why?

graph a

data breaches a

graph b

data breaches b


2. Which of the following graphs represents the data more accurately? Why?

graph a

data breaches pie chart

graph b

data breaches columns


3. The following graph is deceiving. Why is it deceiving, and how would you improve it?



4. The following chart shows the average number of Facebook likes that a group of British politicians received. However, the chart could illustrate the data more accurately? Why is it not accurate, and how would you improve it?

graph from Economist

Taken fromThe metamorphosis: How Jeremy Corbyn took control of Labour (August 13, 2016). The Economist. https://www.economist.com/britain/2016/08/13/the-metamorphosis

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