New York Times

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Watch rising river levels after Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence brought a lot of rain, which in turn made river levels rise. The New York Times animated the rise over a five-day period. The height of the bars represents the rise of the river level, as compared to levels on Thursday. I like the visual metaphor of bars going up with river levels. I’m not sure the sudden rise and falls in such short periods of time would...

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3-D view inside Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut went through the northern end of the Phillipines a few days ago. At least 25 people died. The New York Times provides a scrolling 3-dimensional view using data collected by NASA satellites. Tags: 3-d, New York Times, typhoon, weather

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Hotter days where you were born

It’s getting hotter around the world. The New York Times zooms in on your hometown to show the average number of “very hot days” (at least 90 degrees) since you were born and then the projected count over the next decades. Then you zoom out to see how that relates to the rest of the world. I’ve always found it interesting that visualization and analysis are typically “overview first, then...

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Analysis of fake YouTube views

Wherever more attention or the appearance of it equates to more money, there are those who try to game the system. Michael H. Keller for The New York Times examines the business of fake YouTube views: YouTube’s engineers, statisticians and data scientists are constantly improving in their ability to fight what Ms. O’Connor calls a “very hard problem,” but the attacks have “continually gotten stronger and more sophisticated,” she said....

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Charting the similarity of summer songs

Popular summer songs have had a bubbly, generic feel to them the past several years, but it wasn’t always like that. Styles used to be more diverse, and things might be headed back in that direction. Sahil Chinoy and Jessia Ma charted song fingerprints over the years for a musical comparison. Turn up your speakers or put on your headphones for the full experience. The song and music video snippets...

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✚ Detailed Intentions of a Map, When Everything Leads to Nothing, Designing for Misinterpretations

The New York Times published an election map. A lot of people did not like the map, arguing that it was an inaccurate representation. Those who did like the map argued that one must consider intent before throwing a map to the flames. What happens when intended use and actual use do not match up? Read More

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Bucket o’ companies compared to Apple $1 trillion value

Apple’s value passed $1 trillion on Thursday, and as tradition requires, we must consider the scale of such a large number. We must compare the value of Apple against the sum value of a surprising number of small and medium companies. The New York Times has you covered with a bucket of blobs metaphor. So blobby. So bucket-y. Tags: Apple, business, New York Times, stocks

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Changing Twitter, with Statistics

Earlier this year, The New York Times investigated fake followers on Twitter showing very clearly that it was a problem. It’s hard to believe that Twitter didn’t already know about the scale of the issue, but after the story, the social service finally started to work on the problem. Nicholas Confessore and Gabriel J.X. Dance for The New York Times: An investigation by The New York Times in January demonstrated...

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Products with tariffs in the trade war

The trade war started in January of this year when the administration imposed tariffs on 18 solar panel and washing machine products. Then the United States imposed more, and countries returned the favor on U.S. products, which ballooned the product count to 10,000. Keith Collins and Jasmine C. Lee for The New York Times chronicled the shifts with force-directed bubbles. So many bubbles. Maybe we should just get it over...

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Subway delays visually explained

Adam Pearce for The New York Times describes the sad state of affairs that is the delayed subway trains in New York. One delay causes a ripple effect down the line, leaving little chance to get back on track. The more straightforward figures gear you up for the overall view at the end. This was for New York specifically but is applicable to other transits and forms of transportation. See...

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