What’s Going On In This Graph?

This month’s “What’s Going On In This Graph?” features some of your favorite artists – Billboard’s top 100 that is. Take a look at these graphs and see if you can decipher what is going on. On Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET, an ASA moderator will be in the comments section of the article to facilitate the discussion and answer your questions.

Each month of the academic year (September to May), this ongoing feature shares a graph from a recent New York Times article that is stripped of its contextual information. It’s then up to you to use math, statistics and critical thinking to answer questions about what you see.

Teachers, these data visualization exercises are a great way to incorporate statistics in the classroom, even outside of math or statistics classes. Statistical literacy is important for everyone, and this is a useful tool for teaching students how to read, interpret and question graphs.

What do you think is going on? Check out this week’s graph here and share your thoughts in the comments.

A new “What’s Going On In This Graph?” releases the second week of each month. On the day of a new release, ASA facilitates a discussion through the comments section from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. If you’re on social media, use the hashtag #NYTGraphChat to join the conversation!

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