from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The vertical axis of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
- n. One of three axes in a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The axis on a graph that is usually drawn from bottom to top and usually shows the range of values of variable dependent on one other variable, or the second of two independent variables.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the vertical axis in a plane coordinate system
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Here we go … the x-axis is the independent variable (price of chicken) … the y-axis is the dependent variable (squirrel population).
The key to understanding this one is knowing that her dependent variable is on the y-axis, so Insecurity is being predicted by the independent variable on the x-axis, Products.
That missing ‘l’ made me misread the y-axis label as something related to atheism.
It made sense to me, but that was when I read the y-axis as “how smart your parents think you are.”
The graph itself needs to be rotated -90 degrees, so that size is indeed the x-axis and shame the y-axis, but simply switching the labels is ineffective, as it changes (and makes wrong) the meaning of the graph.
The value on the y-axis relative to the value on the x-axis. gwjunkie Says:
I first read the y-axis as ‘authenticism’. .which of course would have more accurately been ‘authenticity’ … anyways.
Then, down the left side of the page (the vertical y-axis), you write all of the common issues that come up in a typical week.
Then he offers a bizarre diagram, with two axes: on the y-axis, innovation; on the x-axis, choice.
You have a horrible tendency to post charts and either not label them properly (usually the y-axis) or not state what each curve represents (in this case it happens to be fairly obvious, but you should still state it explicitly).
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