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How the 2020 Census will be different

Ted Mellnik and Reuben Fischer-Baum for The Washington Post describe the changes to the 2020 Census, which will lean more heavily on technology: The coming census also will break with history with a controversial restoration of a citizenship question, as well as with the adoption of new technologies that change how the count is performed The census will move away from paper as the primary way to collect data, for...

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Maps of natural disasters and extreme weather

For The Washington Post, Tim Meko mapped floods, tornados, hurricanes, extreme temperatures, wildfires, and lightning: Data collection for these events has never been more consistent. Mapping the trends in recent years gives us an idea of where disasters have the tendency to strike. In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the...

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All of the deaths in Game of Thrones

A few years back, The Washington Post illustrated every death in Game of Thrones. With the new season on the way, the death count is up and the graphics updated. Tags: deaths, Game of Thrones, Washington Post

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Issues Democratic hopefuls are talking about on social media

For the Washington Post, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher parsed the social media of Democrats: A Washington Post analysis of more than 5,600 social media posts from March found significant differences in the issues that each candidate emphasized. While most candidates discussed social justice and health care, only a few talked much about foreign policy or immigration. No candidate made gun control a first or second priority in their social...

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Transforming the data to fit the message

A short time ago, there were reports that some theme-park goers were not happy about the latest price hike by Disney. One of these report, from the Washington Post (link), showed a chart that was intended to convey how much Disney park prices have outpaced inflation. Here is the chart: I had a lot of trouble processing this chart. The two lines are labeled "original price" and "in 2014 dollars"....

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Context to the stock market rise and falls

The stock market is in a state. So finicky the past few months. Kate Rabinowitz and Leslie Shapiro for The Washington Post provide a view further into the past for more context to the recent flux. The stretching time axis as you scroll makes for an easy-to-follow visual cue. Tags: stock market, Washington Post

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Years of life lost due to breathing bad air

Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute estimated the number of years lost and the number of people affected due to particulate matter in the air. They estimated per country. The Washington Post used a mosaic plot, aka a Marimekko chart, to show the differences. The width of each column represents total population for a country. The sections in each columns represent the number of people who will...

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Color distribution in campaign logos

In news graphics, blue typically represents Democrat and red represents Republican. However, the definition isn’t so clear-cut by actual party usage. Chris Alcantara for The Washington Post broke it down in 900 campaign logos used during the recent midterms. Each strip represents a logo. Tags: color, election, Washington Post

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Geography of voter turnout

Based on data from Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, The Washington Post mapped voter turnout on a diverging color scale. Orange represents lower than average turnout in 2016 and purple represents higher than average. Not to diminish the meaning of the map, but the most shocking part might be the placement of Hawaii. Tags: election, voting, Washington Post

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A closer look at the U.S.-Mexico border

The Washington Post provides a flyover view of the barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a combination of satellite imagery, path overlays, and information panels as you scroll. It gives an inkling of an idea of the challenges involved when people try to cross the border. Tags: border, satellite imagery, Washington Post

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