History of Sumo charted

Sumo has a long history that goes back centuries. Unlike most things that old though, there are detailed records of tournaments and wrestlers, which allows a comparison over the years. Matthew Conlen for FiveThirtyEight charted them all in an interactive. Go through the explainer, and then use the last chart to look at the data by various dimensions.

See also the full article on sumo.

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The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.