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Showing missing data in line charts
Missing data is everywhere. Or, I guess technically it’s nowhere. You know what I mean. Missing data is common, especially …
This is what happens when there is a disconnect between data and what it represents. So much wrong.
Make your own tiled cartograms
A challenge of using geographic maps to show data is that larger regions inevitably get more visual real estate. Cartograms …
Finding the wet princes of Bel Air
In case you didn’t know, there’s a drought here in California so there are rules for when you can and …
Statistics lesson on polling
Nate Cohn for the Upshot provides a statistics lesson in the context of election forecasts and why they differ so …
Decision-making with big numbers we can’t really see
In a 2005 paper “If I look at the mass I will never act”: Psychic numbing and genocide, Paul Slovic …
Computed screen time for men and women
In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically, …
Diversity percentages for US schools
Based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. Department of Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education compiled a straightforward searchable and …
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Horace Mitchell for NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio mapped the massive drainage basin that is the Mississippi Watershed. The Mississippi Watershed …
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What Alcohol People Around the World Drink
Americans get most of their alcohol from beer, but it’s not like that everywhere.
All the National Food Days
Keep track of the 214 days out of the year that are a national food or drink days.
Household Types, Then and Now
Here’s how common each household type is and was — and how the makeup compares to a few decades ago.
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Beeswarm Plot in R, to Show Distributions
Try the more element-based approach instead of your traditional histogram or boxplot.
Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions
Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data.
How to Make Square Pie Charts in R
Instead of traditional pie charts that rely on angles and arc lengths to show parts of a whole, try this easier-to-read version.
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Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality
Visualization is complex, but if I were to break it down simply, I’d say it’s something like the process below. …
5 Tips for Learning to Code for Visualization
What I Use to Visualize Data
“What tool should I learn? ” I hesitate to answer, because I use what works best for me, which isn’t necessarily the best for someone else or the “best” overall. Nevertheless, here’s my toolset.