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    1. Assignment: Graphic Representation

    • Choose a data source and create a graph or table that illustrates a story behind the data. You may choose a single data set (e.g. a stock price) or a number of data sets (e.g. population numbers over time in four major cities.)

    • Use the following sites as suggestions for data sources:

    o Stocks: http://finance.google.com/finance?q=goog
    o Census data: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
    o Internet usage data: http://www.pewinternet.org/Data-Tools/Download-Data/Trend-Data.aspx

    o U. S. Energy stats: http://www.eia.doe.gov/overview_hd.html

    • Create a professional graph and explain the following:

    o The source of the data
    o What story the data is telling the reader
    o The reasons for which you used certain graphing or charting techniques (e.g. line graph instead of a bar or pie chart)
    o Principles used to make the graphic more effective

    • Create a second graph or table that tells a contradicting story. Refer to techniques such as those in the Misleading Statistics document provided as an attachment. Use the same data set, but create a different graph, chart, or table.

    • Summarize the following:

    o Different or contradictory story being told.
    o Techniques you used in order to alter the story.
    o Ethical implications of altering the aesthetics of the graphic.

    • Submit two graphs and two summaries in one Word document.

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    The graphs and explanations are included in the attached document.

    The chart above shows the rate of fraud and identity theft reported, in four states within the U.S., in 2008. The rates are expressed as numbers per 100,000 residents, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Statistical Abstract, Table 309. Data was included from states with at least one large metropolitan area, representing the four directional borders of the U.S., North, South, East and West. According to the data presented in the chart, the rates of fraud and identity theft are relatively stable across the four states. The bar graph is used to help differentiate the rates of various states. The use of different colors to represent each state makes it much easier to identify the individual statistics for each state. ...

    Solution Summary

    The expert examines graphic representation of stock market data.