History through the president’s words

The Washington Post visualized the use of specific words throughout the years during State of the Union addresses.

Since 1900, there have been 116 State of the Union addresses, given by 20 presidents, with some presidents giving two addresses a year. Studying their choice of words, over time, provides glimpses of change in American politics—”communism” fades, “terrorism” increases—and evidence that some things never change (“America” comes up steadily, of course. As does “I.”).

For some reason the interactive won’t load for me now (It did yesterday.), but there’s also a PDF version that you can download. Although the PDF only goes back to 1989 Bush, so try for the interactive version first. It was an interesting one. Update: Works again.

Can you believe it? We made it through an entire SOTU without a single word cloud. Come to think of it, I can’t even remember the last time I saw one. I almost feel cheated.


Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?