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16.5: Statistical Literacy

Skills to Develop

  • Stock Appreciation

Many financial web pages give you the option of using a linear or a logarithmic \(Y\)-axis. An example from Google Finance is shown below.


Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): A web page from Google Finance

Example  \(\PageIndex{1}\): what do you think?

To get a straight line with the linear option chosen, the price would have to go up the same amount every time period. What would result in a straight line with the logarithmic option chosen?


The price would have to go up the same proportion every time period. For example, go up \(0.1\%\) every day.


  • Online Statistics Education: A Multimedia Course of Study ( Project Leader: David M. Lane, Rice University.