“Shut up about the y-axis. It shouldn’t always start at zero,” reads a Vox.com headline.
Vox visualizes a lot of data as part of its storytelling. And Vox says whenever it features a chart with a y-axis that doesn’t start at zero, angry readers send emails.
“You see, an old book called How to Lie With Statistics has convinced people that truncated axes are a devilish tool of deception,” says Vox.
But Vox is of the thought that sometimes you have to start the y-axis somewhere other than zero to “show appropriate context.”
Here’s the full explanation:
What say you? Is it “long past time to say no to y-axis fundamentalism,” as Vox puts it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.