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December 31, 2017

During this unit, you will learn about many different types of graphs, which graphs are most appropriate for specific data, and when graphs are misleading. For instance, a graph can misrepresent the data if it does not provide a proper representation of the data, which can be caused by the vertical scale being too small or too large, or by not starting at 0. Additionally, if a graph does not have the proper labels or if data are left out, this can also result in a graph that does not properly represent the data.

1. What story does this visual display (graph) below tell? Describe the variables that are being compared. (Hint: There are three). Do you think that this is an accurate and fair description of the data? Is this graph clear or misleading? Why?

Source: https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

1. What story does the Pie Graph below tell? Describe what these data are representing. Do you think that this is an accurate and fair description of these data? Is this graph easy to understand? Name at least three things wrong with this graph and how you might correct them?

Please create personalized and substantive responses to at least two other student main posts. In your response, include the following:students posts below

Review the student’s explanation of both graphs. Create a paragraph that compares the similarities and differences between their view and your view.
Review the student’s description of the variables described in the first bar graph above. What variables did the student note? Did you find the same variables? There are three variables in the graph, list all three and note whether or not you and the student found them all.
Student post 1 Jessica

The first graph tells the story of the unemployment rate based on the median weekly earnings according to level of education. The variables that are compared are 1-level of education, 2-the median weekly earnings per education, and 3-the unemployment rate. I think that this is a fair and accurate description. The information is clear and easy to understand and the graph shows that with more education there are higher earning and less rate of unemployment as compared to little to no education has less weekly income and a higher unemployment rate.

Student post 2 Lawrence

In the first graph titled Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment ,2015, shows the median usual weekly earnings and on the other side the unemployment rate of education levels from less than high school graduate to doctoral degrees. In other words, the graph shows 1. The median usual weekly earnings, 2. Unemployment rate, and 3. Eight different education levels. I do think that this was an accurate and fair description of the data. For me, the graph was clear, easy to understand, and not misleading at all. I had no issues figuring out how much a less than a high school diploma makes a week and I can easily see 8% unemployment rate for the same group.

With the second chart, the title is clear to see at the top. From what I can tell, the pie chart represents 100% of the different Microsoft Word features by versions. It’s not clear if the data is accurate. For example, I can tell Word 97 takes up the largest piece of the pie, but it’s not clear what the size represents. I do not think this is an accurate and fair description of the data, so the graph isn’t easy to understand. The three things I see wrong with the chart are 1. There is no way to know what the measurement of each portion, 2. There are too many portions for a pie chart making it visually challenging to see the differences between some of the data. 3. Lastly the portions of the pie aren’t labeled.

Discussion 2

Persuasion

As you learn to outline and organize arguments, it is worth stopping to consider the “bigger picture.” You may feel confident in your ability to set forth a strong argument for a position, but is this sufficient to change someone else’s mind? Discuss whether you feel persuasion is even an option in some arguments.

Is it possible to persuade others rationally to believe your viewpoint is possible? That is, is composing a persuasive argument useful in convincing others that your views are true, right, interesting, or worthwhile? Why, or why not?

RESPOND TO THESE TWO STUDENT POSTS IN A PARAGRAPH

STUDENT POST 1 MICHAEL

In my opinion persuasion is an option in some argument, but not all. Most people are very headstrong in their personal views, but if they have an open mind, then they could be persuaded. I think if someone can argue respectfully and support their stance with proven evidence, there is a chance they can open the other persons eyes. It is very important to do the research and know the topic you will be discussing, rather than going into the discussion and getting emotional.

I think it is possible to compose a persuasive argument and change someone’s mind. I know I have personally changed someone’s mind in an argument, but I do not think that everyone has an open mind and are open to change. I have a very strong set of personal beliefs and I am not easily persuaded to change them. I would like to believe that if someone presented the facts to me and I could see that I was wrong, I would change how I felt about the issue.

STUDENT POST 2 RONALD

Being persuasive is an option for all arguments. I think you can sometimes go too far in persuading someone. Instead of persuading them you may be insulting them. You have to watch your audience in this case. In an argument, you’re trying to convince someone that your believes, and values should be theirs. You are trying to make someone take a side, thus persuasion. It is one of the fundamental parts of an argument and human interaction. Everything involves persuading people. We deal with it every day with coworkers, family, and friends. Its human nature to try to get people to think the way that we do and it can be an invaluable tool.

It is possible to persuade someone to believe a viewpoint rationally. A credible person giving substantial claims that are based on factual information that cannot be refuted is hard to do because no one thinks identical but it can be done. I think a persuasive argument is better given face to face and adapted to who you are speaking. You must appeal to your audience’s pathos, logos, and ethos to try and convince them of your position. You must persuade their mind through logical argument while calling on emotions to evoke a feedback. You may need first to understand your audience’s belief system to make them think your case is worthwhile.