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August 2005 Lying with Maps
Mark Monmonier
Statist. Sci. 20(3): 215-222 (August 2005). DOI: 10.1214/088342305000000241


Darrell Huff’s How to Lie with Statistics was the inspiration for How to Lie with Maps, in which the author showed that geometric distortion and graphic generalization of data are unavoidable elements of cartographic representation. New examples of how ill-conceived or deliberately contrived statistical maps can greatly distort geographic reality demonstrate that lying with maps is a special case of lying with statistics. Issues addressed include the effects of map scale on geometry and feature selection, the importance of using a symbolization metaphor appropriate to the data and the power of data classification to either reveal meaningful spatial trends or promote misleading interpretations.


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Mark Monmonier. "Lying with Maps." Statist. Sci. 20 (3) 215 - 222, August 2005.


Published: August 2005
First available in Project Euclid: 24 August 2005

zbMATH: 1100.62518
MathSciNet: MR2188918
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/088342305000000241

Keywords: ‎classification‎ , deception , generalization , maps , statistical graphics

Rights: Copyright © 2005 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.20 • No. 3 • August 2005
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