Where athletes in professional sports come from

Posted to Statistical Visualization  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Sports are growing more international with respect to the athletes. Gregor Aisch, Kevin Quealy, and Rory Smith for The Upshot show by how much, with a focus on leagues in Europe and North America.

I like how: The dominant home country in each chart doubles as background and a layer; the tooltip shades the country you moused over while still showing the other countries; and the missing data and gaps are shown clearly but don’t obstruct the overall view.

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Stacked Area Chart

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