A generalized form of the scatter plot, the dots can be placed in various coordinate systems.
Tutorials and Guides
Tornado Lines – Useful or Not? (The Process 088)
It looks like a tornado. It's messy. It's circular. It almost looks intentionally confusing. But how bad is it really?
How to Make a Multi-Series Dot Plot in Excel
Easily compare multiple categories and spot differences between two or more series.
Ask the Question, Visualize the Answer
Let's work through a practical example to see how asking and answering questions helps guide you towards more focused data graphics.
How to Make Dot Plots in R
It's easy to draw dots. The challenge is to make them meaningful and readable.
Shifts in time on the Doomsday Clock
The Doomsday Clock is a metaphorical clock that symbolizes a catastrophic end to…
Happiness and Meaning in What We Do
There are things that make us happy. There are things where we find meaning in the everyday. What are the things that give us both?
Names that are more dog or more human
There appears to be a trend of using human names for pets. Alyssa…
Who pays for Twitter
Twitter Blue is a subscription service from Twitter that primarily provided premium features…
Estimating the condition of the economy
Measuring the condition of the economy is tricky, because there are many parts…
More friendships between rich and poor might mean less poverty
Recently published in Nature, research by Chetty, R., Jackson, M.O., Kuchler, T. et…
Commonness of Divorce in America
I wondered how common it is for someone to get a divorce. While I’ve touched on the topic before, I’ve never calculated it directly, so I gave it a go.
U.S. still the outlier for gun homicide rate
This chart from The New York Times, based on estimates from Our World…
A test for a potentially flawed study on randomness and age
In 2017, a study posited that human behavior complexity peaks at age 25…
Age of Moms When Kids are Born
It's a wide range, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
What People Spend Most of Their Money On, By Income Group, Relatively Speaking
More money on average means bigger houses, more expensive cars, and fancier restaurants. But what if you look at relative spending instead of total dollars?
Increased maternal death in the United States
While still relatively rare, maternal mortality in the United States increased over the…
Possible cheating seen in a scatterplot
When plotting Russian election results, a structured grid patterns appear. From The Economist:…
Comparing abortion limits in the U.S. against other countries
The Washington Post, in an effort that I’m sure took more energy and…