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Going local on gun violence

Sometimes data can look really noisy when you zoom in close, and so you zoom out to get a better look at an overall trend. Sometimes it goes the other way. The Guardian looks at gun violence data at the local, census tract level, to focus on not just cities, but the clusters within the cities. America’s gun policy debate is usually driven by high-profile mass shootings that seem to...

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Charting Murder Rates in the United States, South Korea

Note: My family last year relocated to Seoul, where my wife is working as a foreign correspondent for NPR. This post is part of an occasional series profiling the peninsula’s demographics and politics. Among the many benefits of living in South Korea is its relative safety. Crime, it seems, is low — even in Seoul. But a particularly heinous crime recently — the slaying of a young woman in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam district...

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Homicide Monitor shows distribution of violence worldwide

It's difficult to grasp the severity of homicide around the world. Homicide Monitor attempts to at least provide a little bit of sense of what's going on. The Homicide Monitor is the most comprehensive publicly available dataset on murder in the world. It is a data-driven data visualization tool designed to show the distribution, dimensions and dynamics of homicidal violence in an interactive and accessible manner. Since homicidal violence is...

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