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Friday, August 01, 2008

Linear Pet Peeve

Almost every plot of financial data I see these days is plotted with a linear y axis. Almost none of them should be. This is not a minor point--it often changes the impression (which is all that a graph is there to deliver) entirely. If anyone has any idea how to effectively start a campaign to rid the web of rogue linear axes, let me know.

To wit, mises.org publishes this typical graph of the money supply:

Which really ought to look like this:

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Simon Funk / simonfunk@gmail.com