01 June 2009

Graph of the Day

From Conor Clarke, via Matthew Yglesias, with the following excerpt of the original post:
The section of the chart that appears in bright, bumblebee yellow is the percentage of publicly traded American companies owned by the United States.* I don't see much bumblebee yellow. What I do see is that Microsoft Excel feels the need to portray the percentage of American companies owned by the government as an exponential number. That's 5.07^-02, or %0.0507 of the value of American companies that is owned by the United States government. (When I ask Excel to display this breakdown without the exponential it just becomes "100%" and "0%.")

1 comment:

Dusty said...

Graphs make my head hurt. ;p