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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How to Spot Visualization Lies

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

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

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.