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A representation of numbers signifying different data sets. Graphs are vitally important in tracking past performance of economic data with the aim of predicting its future behavior. For example, a government agency may create a graph of unemployment claims over time. If claims have trended downward, the agency may predict that unemployment may remain low. Graphs are also crucial for technical analysts, who use them to track securities' performance to help make investment decisions. Graphs are also known as charts.

graph

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graph

a means of portraying data in pictorial form that shows the relationship between an INDEPENDENT VARIABLE and a DEPENDENT VARIABLE by labelling and scaling the two axes of the graph to represent the two variables, plotting joint values of the two in the space between the axes and joining these values with a line. Frequently, graphs show time as the independent variable, depicting by means of a line how the dependent variable has changed over time.
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In three decision cases negative net income and earnings per share for one year in the series were not graphed.
Recall that the financial performance of the company with the best growth rates in both sales and income was always graphed correctly; improperly designed graphs were only developed for either the company with the medium or lowest growth rates.
Thus, we compared the proportion of times subjects chose to invest in the company with lowest growth rate when its performance was accurately graphed to the proportion of times they chose to invest in the lowest growth rate company when graphs of its financial performance were improperly designed.
Participants were more likely to choose to invest in the company with the lowest growth rate when its financial performance was graphed incorrectly than when the graphs were accurately drawn.