Scatter Plot

Dots are placed in an x-y coordinate system, based on two variables. The plot is often used when it is thought that the variables are correlated.

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Examples

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…

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…

Possible cheating seen in a scatterplot

When plotting Russian election results, a structured grid patterns appear. From The Economist:…

Historical context for the heat in the Pacific Northwest

It’s been hot in the Pacific Northwest the past few days. NYT’s The…

Divorce Rates and Income

Divorce rates are tied to job security, age, and occupation, so it should make sense that we see a pattern when we plot divorce rates against income.

Population Growth and Seats Gained

The Census Bureau released state population counts for 2020. Here's how each state gained and lost population and seats.

Pandemic migrations

With the restrictions of the pandemic, you might expect an unusually big wave…

Voting and vaccination rate

Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby and Robert Gebeloff for The New York looked at…

Minimum Wage and Cost of Living

We already looked at minimum wage over time, but when it comes to geography and income, you also have to consider the cost of living for a fair comparison.

Bats and outbreaks

For Reuters, Julia Janicki and Simon Scarr, with illustrations by Catherine Tai, show…

Car cost vs. emissions

Based on estimates from the MIT Trancik Lab, The New York Times plotted…

State restrictions and hospitalizations

The University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government defined an index to track…

If the unemployed lose $600 per week

A $600 per week benefit expires for the unemployed at the end of…

Saving for Retirement and Age

People tend to have more money saved up over time, but range and variation also grow, and often it’s not enough.