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Caricature vs Exaggeration

Any form of visualization technique distorts some form of data. For example, even if we are representing a data analysis in the form of a pie chart, it is only a comparative graph and down not contain exact numbers (information). However, pie charts are an easy tool for representation and are more visually appealing. In short, the data should be represented such that there is minimum distortion.

Data caricature is emphasizing a feature or a characteristic to increase its significance in a representation. However, it should not be such that all the other characteristics gets overshadowed due to the exaggeration of that particular feature or characteristics. The caricature technique should not distort what the data is trying to tell us.

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