Graphic representation of stock market data
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 Statisticsdocument 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.