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Visualizing composite ratings

A twitter reader submitted the following chart from Autoevolution (link): This is not a successful chart for the simple reason that readers want to look away from it. It's too busy. There is so much going on that one doesn't know where to look. The underlying dataset is quite common in the marketing world. Through surveys, people are asked to rate some product along a number of dimensions (here, seven)....

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Chicken egg color spectrum

Eggs aren’t always white, which is oddly calming in this photo. (I couldn’t figure out where this picture was originally from. Anyone?) Tags: color, egg, physical

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✚ Visualization Tools and Learning Resources, January 2022 Roundup

Welcome to issue #174 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and every month I collect tools and resources to help you visualize data better. This is the good stuff for January 2022. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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Spotting spurious correlations in health news

When it comes to diet and health, you might see one day that a certain food decreases life expectancy. Then on another day, a different study suggests that food increases life expectancy. It’s hard to know which to believe. David Epstein provides some guidance: If you’ve watched a lot of NFL games, you’ve probably heard a commentator at some point trot out a stat like: “The Chicago Bears are undefeated...

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How Much Americans Make

In the United States, the median annual income among the employed was about $43,000 in 2020. However, by definition, this just tells you where the midpoint is in a distribution. As you probably know, maybe a little too well over the past few years, personal income spans a wide range. Here’s a more detailed view of how much Americans make per year. Read More

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✚ How to make UpSet plots in R, with ggplot2 and ggupset

In addition to a great format for visual jokes, Venn diagrams can clearly show overlap between sets. Sets, as in set theory, can be understood as objects belonging to one or more collections. The classic examples in mathematics are natural numbers, integers, rational and real numbers. But sets are everywhere. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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Optimized Wordle solver

In case you’re not so good with the words, but feel the social pressure to play Wordle bearing down on you, Jonathan Olson made an optimized solver: The game Wordle has a lot of speculation online about what is the “best” first word. If we are exploring optimal strategies to solve the original game in the least number of guesses, most of it is wrong. For humans, almost all of...

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Scale of the Tonga eruption

Manas Sharma and Simon Scarr used satellite imagery to show the scale of the Tonga eruption, which spurted a 24-mile cloud that grew to 400 miles in diameter in an hour. Notice the little Manhattan in the bottom left corner in the image above. However, instead of leaving it at that, Sharma and Scarr animated the eruption over familiar geographic areas to better see how big it was. The cloud...

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How N95 masks work

In efforts to reduce further spread of the virus, the US is set to distribute millions of free N95 masks across the country. Aaron Steckelberg and Bonnie Berkowitz for The Washington Post illustrated how the masks work. Early in the pandemic, N95 masks were hard to get. My wife, who is a healthcare worker, described how she and her colleagues would have to reuse N95 masks and store them in...

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Joke machine learning projects to advance your career

In an automated job climate that analyzes resumes and inspects social profiles, it can be a challenge to find the job that’s right for you. Luckily, Jess Peter for The Pudding put together a satirical set of tools to combat the recruiting bots. Generate a fake resume with a specified level of experience, define a profile pic for your socials, and then use that fake image of your face for...

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