A sharp eyed statistics sleuth on reddit,  skafaceXIII,  spotted this little doozy from the Herald Sun on the question “Should women have to cover up when breast feeding?”:

Most people would just look at this and think "Overwhelming majority say to cover up"

Most people would just look at this and think “Overwhelming majority say to cover up”

 

Clearly you’d see all that green and think that only a small percentage differ from the masses.

But if you look at the percentage figures – 56% to 44% – that should look a lot closer than it is.

Let’s see what the figures would roughly have to be to look that way on a doughnut chart (it’s rough because I have only that picture to go off (thanks to another redditor – thetoethumb for the side by side idea). There’s another view of this at the source.

But what ARE the stats that the herald sun is using to get that bad a graph?

How the figures would have to be dodgied to look like that.

How the figures would have to be dodgied to look like that.

 

The visual representation is that of 80/20% results – or less than half the dissenting votes. So around 70 votes say “no”, 300 say “yes”. That’s a bit of a difference from 206 saying yes. About 100 different.

I think that’s pretty damned deceptive.

One Response to “Lies, damned lies and Herald Sun Statistics – Inflating breast feeding results”

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