Washington Post

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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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Summer rain levels compared to the norms

Tim Meko and Aaron Steckelberg for The Washington Post compared this summer’s rains with the average. The combination of mapping as terrain and color-encoding provides an interesting foam-looking aesthetic. Tags: rain, Washington Post, weather

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Counting baseball cliches

Post-game sports interviews tend to sound similar. And when you do say something out of pattern, the talk shows and the social media examine every word to find hidden meaning. It’s no wonder athletes talk in cliches. The Washington Post, using natural language processing, counted the phrases and idioms that baseball players use. We grouped phrases that were variations of each other together (within a one- or two-word difference) into...

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Expected versus actual goals in the World Cup

Benjamin Pavard from France made a low-probability goal the other day. Seth Blanchard and Reuben Fischer-Baum for The Washington Post explain the rarity and use it as a segue into expected versus actual goals to gauge how teams have played. This statistic can also tell us which teams are over and under-producing given their level of play so far, by comparing their expected goals and actual results. Surprise quarterfinalist Russia...

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Unsolved killings mapped

Thousands of homicides. Some cases result in an arrest. Many end up unsolved. The Washington Post mapped areas in major cities to show the contrast between the two types of homicide cases. The data looks noisy at first, but when you compare cities like Baltimore with low arrest rates against cities like Atlanta with high arrest rates, you start to wonder. Tags: arrests, homicide, law, Washington Post

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