Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

Starstruck and doubled over: losing poise over Indian charts

August 9, 2017
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Starstruck and doubled over: losing poise over Indian charts

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junkcharts and Principal Analytics Prep, explains why two simple charts from the press in India confused and annoyed readers, offering alternative versions that make a greater impact.

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Visualizing electoral college politics: exercise in displaying relationships between variables

August 3, 2017
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Visualizing electoral college politics: exercise in displaying relationships between variables

Kaiser Fung, founder of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, a next-gen data analytics bootcamp, shows how to portray complex multivariate relationships using electoral college politics as an example.

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Wheel of fortune without prizes: the negative report about negativity

July 6, 2017
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Wheel of fortune without prizes: the negative report about negativity

Kaiser Fung, creator of Junk Charts and Principal Analytics Prep, re-makes a pair of pie charts that illustrate media coverage in Trump's first 100 days

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What do we think of the "packed" bar chart?

June 7, 2017
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What do we think of the "packed" bar chart?

Xan Gregg - my partner in the #onelesspie campaign to replace terrible Wikipedia pie charts one at a time - has come up with a new chart form that he calls "packed bars". It's a combination of bar charts and...

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Book review: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

May 15, 2017
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Book review: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Kaiser Fung, founder of Principal Analytics Prep, discusses Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's new book, Everybody Lies

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The Times agrees on privacy and kind of on fake news business

May 11, 2017
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The New York Times Magazine has been publishing some pieces that directly relate to a couple of my blog posts. In this article, Amanda Hess noticed that "privacy became a commodity for the rich and powerful." This echoes my blog post on "Data is the next frontier of equal rights." Hess discussed the asymmetry and hypocrisy of the situation whereby the same businesses and business executives that are wantonly stripping…

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That fake news business

May 4, 2017
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When Hillary Clinton unexpectedly lost the election in November 2016, it was high time for pundits to espouse their pet theories for the shocking losses suffered by the Democrats at all levels of government. The usual suspects were put on parade, such as “Bernie Bros” who abstained from voting and the “deplorables” who voted against their own interests. For the first time, two unlikely entities faced scrutiny: the social-media giant,…

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Reorientation in the French election

April 25, 2017
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Reorientation in the French election

Financial Times has this chart up about the voters for the National Front, which is Marie Le Pen's party. I find the chart very hard to decipher, even though I usually like the dot plot format. The first thing to...

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What does lying politicians have in common with rainbow colors?

April 4, 2017
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What does lying politicians have in common with rainbow colors?

Readers in Charlotte, NC: I am coming your way on April 19. Drop by and say hi. More info on my lecture here. *** Daily Kos printed this chart about the lies that candidates told: (see original here) This is...

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What is Mr. Pruitt saying?

April 3, 2017
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In his latest provocation, the EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt, aborted an on-going process by his agency to ban a widely-used but potentially harmful pesticide known as chlorpyrifos (link to New York Times article). In my previous blog on his climate-change statement, I pointed out that people who attack data-driven conclusions for its "imprecision" will ignore any uncertainty if they want something to happen: However, when it comes to such decisions…

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