On April 4, 1964, the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 were all Beatles songs. What were the titles of these songs?
Answer (Found on Wikipedia):
1. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
2. “Twist and Shout”
3. “She Loves You”
4. “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
5. “Please Please Me”
The following graph is a pop chart from USA Today depicting who cooks on Mother’s Day. I got this graph from the following website: http://lisairvin22.blogspot.com/2009/10/usa-today-snapshot-graph.html. This pie chart might be visually appealing, but there are multiple issues with it. First, there is “steam” in the middle of the graph which makes it hard to distinct where on the “Mom” slice of the pie starts and the “Mom with help from family” begins. Next, I feel that without the actual percentages given in the parts of the pie, it is not clear the difference between the slices. Last issue I have about this graph is that the focus is not on the data, but on the cartoon.
Due to these issues with the pop chart provided by USA Today, I have created a dot plot to depict the data. The graph below, shows the exact same data as the “Who cooks on Mother’s Day?” pop chart above, but does it more clearly and with the focus on the data. This dot plot might not be as flashy, but it is obvious what percentage of people answered what response. I choose to order the data from smallest percentage to largest. This allows for the audience to see instantly what was the most and least popular response.
The next graph is also a pop chart from USA Today. I got this graph from the following website: http://www.theslbloggers.org/2008/11/stress-hitting.html. However, this graph is not a pie chart like the early USA Today pop chart, but instead a bar graph. The bar graph depicts the percentage of adults, separated into age groups, who feel more stressed in November 2008 compared to six months ago. Once again, this pop chart is visually interesting to look at, but does not focus on the data. One thing better than the last USA Today pop chart is there is nothing interfering with the different bars in the bar chart, but it still is not focusing on the data. It is focusing on the visual appeal. Also, I do not think the bars do the best job representing the data because they do not really depict the actual size of the percentage they are supposedly representing. For example, the bar for 55 and older is very large for 37%.
Once again because the pop chart was not the best representation for the data, I created a dot plot of the data. I feel the dot plot does a better job focusing on the data and it is clear what is the difference between each age group. I ordered the data by age, going youngest to oldest because in most cases that is how it would be ordered in the media and I wanted to keep it obvious what is going on for the audience.