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This article presents several different statistics relating to the maintenance of state housing. It might be of interest to check the average in the third paragraph by multiplying the two numbers found there. The bar chart does two things to emphasise the amount paid for repairs to empty houses: colours the bar differently than the others (red with yellow print) and makes it twice as wide as the other bars. Is this a legitimate way to represent the information? If you glaced at the graph would you realise that more is spent on routine maintenance than on repairs to empty houses? The usual convention in bar charts is for the area of the bar to be proportional to the quantity represented. This is not the case in this graph.

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