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  •  Please fix it (0+ / 0-)

    I understand why you made this error-- it's a classic graphic error, famously made, for example, by Florence Nightingale in her Crimean War war death graph.

    Nevertheless, right now your graphic doesn't show what you say it shows, and you should fix it. Meanwhile, you should annotate your article. We are the side of facts and data; we need to get such things right. A visual lie is still a lie. We don't need to give Republicans any ammunition.

    The height goes up as the square root of the ratio between the wealth of the poorer person and the wealth of the richer person. So, if the poor person has wealth p and height s, and the rich person has wealth r, then the height of the rich person will be p* sqrt(r/p). (I hope I got that right.)

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