Statistical Visualization

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Pie charts of dogs

John Rich made pie charts of dog body proportions. This is very important. Tags: dogs, humor

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Cumulative 3-pointers for the Splash Brothers

Tonight is game six of the NBA Finals. If the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics, the Warriors win it all and the season is done. So we almost went an entire playoffs without a cumulative multi-line chart that shows current and notable players. Luckily, NYT’s The Upshot got it done with cumulative three-pointers in career playoff games. That was close. Tags: basketball, Upshot, Warriors

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Hands-On Data Visualization, an open-access book on interactive visualization for beginners

Hands-On Data Visualization, by Jack Dougherty and Ilya Ilyankou, is an open-access book geared for beginners. The book starts with spreadsheets, and then walks you through some of the more high-level JavaScript libraries to put things online relatively quickly. If you don’t have programming experience but want to kick the tires, it’s probably worth saving this for later. You can also grab a physical copy. Tags: book, interaction

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Different languages, but similar information rates

Christophe CoupĂ© and company analyzed speech rate (on the left) across different languages, and then compared it to information rate (on the right) in bits per second. While speech rate and information rate are still coupled, there’s less variation in information rate across languages. More syllables doesn’t necessarily mean more information. Tags: information, language, words

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Browser share over time

James Eagle used an animated donut chart to show browser share from 1996 to present. I have fond memories of firing up Netscape to punch in a web address I saw in a magazine. It felt like I was opening something top secret. I didn’t realize Internet Explorer took over so quickly. I was born before the world wide web. We can't imagine living without it. Although I can because...

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History of heat records in major U.S. cities

Matt Daniels and Russell Goldenberg for The Pudding are tracking heat records in 400 cities in the United States. Choose a city, see if yesterday was a record, and find out how it measures up against past records over time. I wonder if this is one of those times it might’ve been better to make a series of graphics instead of adhering to a single form and transitioning between views....

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U.S. still the outlier for gun homicide rate

This chart from The New York Times, based on estimates from Our World In Data and World Bank, shows GDP per capita against gun homicide rates. The United States stands alone. Why. Tags: guns, homicide

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Children exposed to school shootings

The Washington Post maintains a database of school shootings (which is sad in itself that such a thing has to exist) to keep record of tragedy that the U.S. government does not track. They calculated the number of kids since Columbine who were exposed to such terrible events: The Washington Post spent a year determining how many children have been affected by school shootings, beyond just those killed or injured....

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F1 Racing results plotted as lightning

Joey Cherdarchuk used a lightning metaphor to visualize the outcomes of races from the 2021 season. The x-axis represents how far ahead or behind the each racer is compared to the average. The y-axis represents laps. Racing and thunder sounds play in the background for dramatic effect. I’m into it. Tags: Formula 1, Joey Cherdarchuk, race

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Number of abortions in each state, by restriction status

The Washington Post has a set of charts showing the current status of abortion in the United States. The treemap above shows counts by state in 2017, based on estimates from the Guttmacher Institute. Twelve percent took place in states that have trigger bans, laws passed that would immediately outlaw most abortions in the first and second trimesters if Roe were overturned. (Those states are already some of the most...

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