Summer Glau's Love Slave: LouDobbsAwaaaay: I get annoyed when laypeople look at plots of global average temperature in degrees Kelvin and screech about how they don't include zero on the Y-axis.[abattybroad.files.wordpress.com image 752x500]What "laypeople" may look like./97% of them cannot math.
rcf1105: You think you'd always want to start at zero, but then I give my students data spanning from around 40-60, ask them to freehand a boxplot, and of course the majority start at zero and attempt to cram the boxplot into whatever tiny space is left on the page.It's more important to label the axes and make sure you an appropriate range for your type of data and your graph. Are you displaying counts or percentages? You should (probably) start at zero. Are you making time plot or a scatterplot? For god's sake, just have the axes cover the range of the data.
ZAZ: The rate I prefer is years per death, e.g. if NYC has 10 million people and 10,000 murders per year the figure is 1,000 years. The figure for death from all causes is about 80 years, so murder in our hypothetical NYC is a significant cause of death but not the probable cause of death.
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