Your data vis “Spidey-sense” & the need for a robust “utility belt”

@theboysmithy did a great piece on coming up with an alternate view for a timeline for an FT piece. Here’s an excerpt (read the whole piece, though, it’s worth it): Here is an example from a story recently featured in the FT: emerging- market populations are expected to age more rapidly than those in developed… Continue reading

On Whether Y-axis Labels Are Always Necessary

The infamous @albertocairo blogged about a nice interactive piece on German company tax avoidance by @ProPublica. Here’s a snapshot of their interactive chart: Dr. Cairo (his PhD is in the bag as far as I’m concerned :-) posited: Isn’t it weird that the chart doesn’t have a scale on the Y-axis? It’s not the first… Continue reading

Global Temperature Change in R & D3 (without the vertigo)

This made the rounds on social media last week: Spiraling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation) https://t.co/YETC5HkmTr pic.twitter.com/Ypci717AHq— Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016 One of the original versions was static and was not nearly as popular, but—as you can see—this one went viral. Despite the public’s infatuation with circles (I’m lookin’ at you, pie… Continue reading

(ggplot2) Exercising with (ggalt) dumbbells

I follow the most excellent Pew Research folks on Twitter to stay in tune with what’s happening (statistically speaking) with the world. Today, they tweeted this excerpt from their 2015 Global Attitudes survey: The age gap in social media use around the world https://t.co/0Dq1PcbExG pic.twitter.com/9HBM7gLxwR— PewResearch Internet (@pewinternet) April 17, 2016 I thought it might… Continue reading