Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

Conventions, novelty and the double edge

April 15, 2014
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Conventions, novelty and the double edge

This chart from Reuters is making the rounds on Twitter today. Quickly, tell me whether the Gun Law in Florida did well or poorly. That of course is the entire purpose of the chart. *** If you are like me,...

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The closer you look, the more confused

March 19, 2014
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The closer you look, the more confused

A twitter follower submitted this chart showing the shift in ethnicity in Texas: If you blinked, you probably took away the wrong message. Our "prior" tells us that the proportion of Hispanics has been rising quite rapidly in Texas. So,...

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Hat tip to the Times editors

February 13, 2014
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While I wasn't happy with how the New York Times business page covered the recent unemployment report (link), I was pleasantly surprised to see this editorial today titled "Making College Pay". Here are the key sentences: The recent jobless rate for college graduates ages 25 and older was 3.2 percent, and their median pay at full-time, full-year jobs was $75,300 for men and $53,700 for women. That is a far…

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Spite.

December 24, 2013
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Congress. Wait, before you lose your lunch, bear with me. This dysfunctional legislative body has been making headlines in the news recently. And when Congress is mentioned, rarely, if ever, is it of the positive persuasion. The shutdown, for example, didn't go over too well with people. And of course there's those pesky little (dis)approval ratings. However it's not like some members of Congress planned on the shut down. And…

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Graph redesign is hot

November 11, 2013
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Graph redesign is hot

Joe D., a long time reader, points us to a few blogs that have been active creating redesigns of charts, similar to how we do it here. First up, here are some examples from Storytelling With Data (link). This example...

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Light entertainment: when up is down (double bill)

November 7, 2013
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Light entertainment: when up is down (double bill)

Abhinav takes us to this chart: Only in politics. *** A co-worker reminds me of this gem by Fox News a few years back:

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Sometimes you expose the holes

October 31, 2013
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Sometimes you expose the holes

On Friday, I'm attending and speaking at the Leaders in Software and Art Conference, organized by Isabel Draves. LISA is an amazing gathering of artists interested in technology and software. For example, there is a panel on 3D printing and...

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Q&A on Big Data

October 30, 2013
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There was a lively, fun discussion after my talk yesterday night in New York. For those who couldn't attend, let me review some of the conversation. Here you go: Q: Tell us more about the chapter in Numbersense titled "Are They New Jobs When No One Can Apply?" Related to economic data, can you talk about the idea that we still need to import foreign workers because there aren't enough…

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Light entertainment: bold paint flowing down

October 28, 2013
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Light entertainment: bold paint flowing down

Oh, Andrew Sullivan selected this as Chart of the Day a few weeks ago (link): Too bad the content was good.

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Revisiting the Syria chart

October 8, 2013
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Revisiting the Syria chart

New York/Tri-State residents: Meet me at NYU Bookstore tonight, 6-7:30 pm. (link) *** When I wrote about the graphic showing the vote distribution around Syria in the Congress a few posts ago (link), readers offered opinions about what's a better...

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