Plagued by graphing mistaks

I was excited to find the following graphs in a WHO report on global surveillance of potential epidemic infectious diseases because in the plague chapter is this awesome chart that I plan to have students grapple with (What can you conclude here?  List all the possible reasons plague cases went up in Vietnam.  How could you have tested those hypotheses at the time? etc etc).

But then I noticed a major goof.  At least I think its a goof.  And its exactly this kind of goof which causes me to doubt everything I am looking at.  Argh.

Maybe this would be a great lesson for students in being critical of your information.

Plague Vietnam


About SubOptimist

I am an Associate Professor in the Science Department at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. I teach introductory biology courses at both the majors and non-majors level in addition to microbiology. Previous to that I spent 7 years as a postdoctoral researcher on different viruses. While I don't miss being on the "grant treadmill", I think better when I write and miss writing up data for papers and grants; this blog helps me with that a little. And sometimes my kids' insanely funny and cute antics need to be shared with the world. Any view expressed in this blog is that of me personally and not Georgia Perimeter College or the GPC Clarkston Science Department.
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One Response to Plagued by graphing mistaks

  1. Oh man, I figured it out, but then the link directly to this blog post gave it away too.

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