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November 13, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Pie chart in eWeek article

PiechartLore Eargle points out:

I was reading an article titled Outsourcing is Here to Stay in eWeek, and in the second part of the article there is a section that shows a pie chart displaying responses to the question - Is your company budgeting for outsourcing any IT activities to an offshore company in 2006?

Note the disparity between the numbers and the divisions in the pie chart on the far right - 65% is taking up less space on the pie chart then 35%.


Hmm I wonder if they outsource their pie charts?>

Posted by: Infinity306 at November 13, 2006 02:29 AM

"Three of these things belong together. Three of these things are kinda the same....." Totally reminds me of that Sesame Street skit where they show you a bunch of similar things and you gotta pick out the wrong one. Good to know big corporations think in the simple terms of children's television. Makes me feel better knowing billions of dollars are being spent on something a large yellow bird could come up with.(I know it was probably a printing error, but money was still spent on it. They should have proofread a little more closely)

Posted by: lefty-chef at November 13, 2006 10:32 AM

Or, are the percentages correct, but the chart changed to appear that there is less outsourcing?

Posted by: freedomlinux at November 13, 2006 03:55 PM

I wonder what's wrong: the graphics, the Yes/No, or the percentages? If the graphics are wrong, then more companies are saying yes. If the Yes/No or the percentages are wrong, then more companies are saying no.

Posted by: Sean Z. at November 13, 2006 11:26 PM

I thought this was a column for things that are "broken." Give 'em a break. Everyone makes mistakes.

Posted by: koz212 at November 15, 2006 12:32 PM

This is hilarious. I can usually understand them making a small text mistake in an article (even though it was reveiwed), but wouldn't you think they would pay more attention to checking their visuals than their text, I mean, more people probably look at the pictures in an article than read the whole thing.

Posted by: jon at November 17, 2006 08:32 PM

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