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Charts Infographics

Confusing pies

I found this today in an article linked by John Walkenbach on Google Plus, which displays results from a survey about air travel:-

The first thing you’re likely to notice other than 3d pie hell is that the percentages don’t add up.  At all.  There is an explanation from this however – respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer.

So why use three pie charts when the data isn’t being displayed as parts of a whole in the first place??

The first pie totals 159%, the second 37% and the third 11%.  That’s a total of 207% over three charts.  What?

I don’t know about you, but this completely and utterly confuses me.  Surely a better method would be just to show the total numbers of each answer chosen, or to in some way rank them in order of importance at the point of selection.  The three disjointed pie charts do absolutely nothing for the data as far as I’m concerned.

Charts What???

Two things that have made me grumpy today

The first is this..

It’s an animated GIF of ’30 years of Music Industry Change’.  And it’s horrible, especially if it was done seriously (original can be found here).  Hopefully you don’t need to ask me what’s wrong with this (too many things to list but add the terms ‘pie’, ‘3d’ and ‘animated’ to a long, long list)

The second is the fact that I wanted to have a go at using the raw data behind this to maybe play around and create something a bit better.  In my searching I found where I can get the data, but apparently to get hold of it I have to PAY!!

I don’t understand why the RIAA would charge for users to access their data in this way.  I know they’re hacked off at how the music industry is (apparently) losing money through illegally downloading music, but is that any good reason to restrict their data to those willing to shell out their hard earned cash for it?

I wonder if anybody is brave enough to make this data available for free online?  God help them if they do..