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Authors: Erdogan, Betül R.
Vollert, Jan
Michel, Martin C.
Title: Choice of y-axis can mislead readers
Online publication date: 6-May-2021
Year of first publication: 2020
Language: english
Abstract: Using two examples from the non-scientific literature, we show how choice of unit of measure and scaling of y-axis can caused a biased perception of data, a phenomenon we propose to call perception bias. We recommend to pre-specify unit of measure or how it will be determined, whether outcome variables will be shown as absolute or relative/normalized changes, and to typically start y-axis at 0 for ratio variables.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 09 Chemie, Pharmazie u. Geowissensch.
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's archives of pharmacology
Pages or article number: 1769
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2020
ISSN: 1432-1912
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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00210-020-01926-x
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