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Activity Number: 337 - SPEED: Methodological Developments in Social Statistics, Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Social Statistics Section
Abstract #306688
Title: Presenting Uncertainty in Graphical Format
Author(s): Nola du Toit* and Edward Mulrow and Christopher du Sousa-Nieves
Companies: NORC at the University of Chicago and NORC at the University of Chicago and NORC at the University of Chicago
Keywords: Uncertainty; Hypothesis testing; Statistical graphics; Violin plots; Dirty plots

Presenting uncertainty in a chart or graph can be very challenging. A cursory scan on graphics in journals and reports indicates a wide variety of attempts to graphically present uncertainty, usually in the form of adding error bars or confidence intervals to point estimates. Using examples from our own past research on household structure among low-income families, we explore different graphical forms that may aid viewers in illustrating uncertainty. We also discuss common issues in creating and interpreting graphics that incorporate confidence intervals, margins of error, and hypothesis testing, and offer suggestions for best practices.

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