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✚ Using Absolute vs. Relative Scales

Welcome to issue #192 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about comparing absolute counts versus relative rates. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

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Behind the million

Sergio Peçanha and Yan Wu, for The Washington Post, used a combination unit chart with individual icons to represent the scale and weight of the near million Covid deaths in the United States. Compare this with NYT’s particle-based charts and Axios’ scaled squares. It’s kind of in between the two in level of abstraction, but all three carry similar messages, with a focus on the one-million mark. Tags: coronavirus, mortality,...

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Scale of one million deaths

The United States is about to reach one million confirmed Covid deaths, or already passed the mark if you consider excess deaths. There’s no way to truly feel that number, but Axios visualized the scale, with comparisons against city populations and historical events. A diamond shape represents counts, and as you scroll, shapes fill the screen until you only see the tips. The shapes overflow beyond what we can or...

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Scale of atoms

I’ll probably never tire of these sort of videos. It starts at human scale and then zooms in closer and closer until it gets to quarks. Tags: atom, CERN, scale

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Comparing rich people incomes and the taxes they pay

Based on leaked IRS data for the 400 wealthiest Americans, ProPublica provides a comparison of their incomes and the lower taxes they paid between 2013 and 2018. This might be best piece so far from ProPublica’s IRS series in terms of understanding the big picture from their dataset. Also, that “smaller than a pixel” note for the average American is doing some heavy lifting. Tags: income, ProPublica, scale, wealth

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Jeff Bezos wealth to scale

Jeff Bezos’ wealth is difficult to understand conceptually, because the scale is just so much more than what any of us are used to. So for NYT Magazine, Mona Chalabi took a more abstract approach, focusing less on monetary values and more on how many multiples more Bezos has compared to the median household. See also The Washington Post’s comparison from a couple of years ago, scaling things down to...

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Total refugees from Ukraine, compared to other countries

Millions of Ukrainians (over three million as of this writing) have left their homes for other countries in a relatively short period of time. Sara Chodosh, Zach Levitt and Gus Wezerek for NYT Opinion put the total as of March 13 into perspective. Over just an 18-day period, Ukraine refugee counts have surpassed counts during those of other refugee crises over one-year periods, since 1975. Tags: New York Times, refugees,...

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Scale of Ukrainian cities

When you look inside the cities around the world, you will often find familiarity to where you live. For The Washington Post, Bonnie Berkowitz, Dylan Moriarty and Hannah Dormido look for the familiarity in the attacked cities in Ukraine. With side-by-side comparisons to U.S. cities, Ukraine feels less distant. See also Scale-a-Tron, which lets you compare the scale of anywhere in the world against anywhere else in the world. Tags:...

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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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Best chart I have seen this year

Marvelling at this chart:   *** The credit ultimately goes to a Reddit user (account deleted). I first saw it in this nice piece of data journalism by my friends at System 2 (link). They linked to Visual Capitalism (link). There are so many things on this one chart that makes me smile. The animation. The message of the story is aging population. Average age is moving up. This uptrend...

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