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Simpler Line Graphs May Not Be The Best Idea To Portray Important Information


Due to gas prices, traveling during Labor Day weekend can become quite expensive. However, in 2015, gas prices during Labor Day weekend reached its lowest since 2004. These two graphs portray the same information, but in many different ways.

The top graph, to the right, represents this trend much more effectively. The reader can easily determine the yearly average gas price, whereas in the bottom graph, the gas prices are vague.

The top graph is more visually appealing, has clear labels, and is informative. The bottom graph lacks specificity and fails to organize its information. More precisely, the y-axis is not labeled and does not increase by the same increments, which is misleading.

Furthermore, the article of the bottom graph--Low Gas Prices to Put $1.4 Billion in Motorists' Pockets Over Labor Day-- does not have contiguity. The article describes how people are saving money, but the graph represents something much different. In contrast, the main purpose of the top article is to portray labor day prices. However, Labor Day is not included in the title, rather the legend.

Both graphs could use some work, but overall the top graph gives more clarity to the issue at hand.

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