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The case against charts, in six charts

at 11:08 AM ET, 12/12/2011

As Business Week’s Vali Chandrasekaran writes, “Correlation may not imply causation, but it sure can help us insinuate it.” This is my favorite of his examples:

Or maybe this one is:

Four more here. And perhaps even more impressive, Google has an interactive tool that will find spurious correlations to fit any line you feel like drawing here. So remember, kids: With great charts comes great responsibility.

 
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