The importance of scales – Why this Guardian graphic is misleading

Nice looking and comprehensive graphic, except that the colour blocks representing different units obscure the facts that the visual wants to show. For instance, that the US spends almost eight times more than Russia on defence.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/datablog/picture/2013/jun/16/infographic-who-leading-the-arms-race

Comparative column charts only work if all columns are on the same scale!

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