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Title text: We've also developed the semi-semi-log scale, where the Y-axis for the left half of the graph is a log scale but on the right half it isn't.
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The graph shows an attempt to mislead readers by manipulating the y-axis scale of the graph in a creative manner. The y-axis at the left side the graph is normally spaced. However, the gridlines marking each 10% increment are not straight, but bunch up before reaching the first data point, resulting in a distorted effective y-axis for the rest of the graph. All the data points lie between the 10% and 20% gridlines, but a casual reader may not notice this and think that the graph uses the full 0% to 100% range.
The title text is related to the Semi-log plot, where one of the two axis is plotted on a logarithmic scale. The title text takes this to a further extreme with the semi-semi-log, where only part of the axis is plotted on a logarithmic scale.
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- [Caption below the frame:]
- People have wised up to the "Carefully Chosen Y-Axis Range" trick, so we misleading graph makers have had to get creative.
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