Posts Tagged ‘ Politics ’

Trump and Clinton Supporters Agree on Relative Morality … Mostly

November 8, 2016
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When looking at the endless scandals swirling around the heads of the two rival candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it can seem like the two candidates are equally tainted. Many people throw up their hands pleading for some other option.How can we evaluate the alleged actions of these two candidates?Is there some kind of objective way to do so?And how does the decision to support a candidate affect the…

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Trump and Clinton Supporters Agree on Relative Morality … Mostly

November 8, 2016
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When looking at the endless scandals swirling around the heads of the two rival candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it can seem like the two candidates are equally tainted. Many people throw up their hands pleading for some other option.How can we evaluate the alleged actions of these two candidates?Is there some kind of objective way to do so?And how does the decision to support a candidate affect the…

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How will the Times show election results next week? Will they give us a cliffhanger?

November 4, 2016
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How will the Times show election results next week? Will they give us a cliffhanger?

I don't know for sure how the New York Times will present election results next week; it's going to be as hard to predict as the outcome of the election! The Times just published a wonderful article describing all the...

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All Those Misleading Election Maps

November 3, 2016
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All Those Misleading Election Maps

Would you make a bar chart where the length of the bar doesn't actually scale with the number being shown? Would you draw a line chart with the lines all over the place, not where the values actually are? Of course not. Yet somehow, every single election map works like that. Look at this map […]

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An example of focusing the chart on a message

November 1, 2016
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An example of focusing the chart on a message

Via Jimmy Atkinson on Twitter, I am alerted to this chart from the Wall Street Journal. The title of the article is "Fiscal Constraints Await the Next President." The key message is that "the next president looks to inherit a...

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If Clinton and Trump go to dinner, do they sit face to face, or side by side?

October 18, 2016
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If Clinton and Trump go to dinner, do they sit face to face, or side by side?

One of my students tipped me to an August article in the Economist, published when last the media proclaimed Donald Trump's campaign in deep water. The headline said "Donald Trump's Media Advantage Falters." Who would have known, judging from the...

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Two quick hits: how bad data analysis harms our discourse

October 6, 2016
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I am traveling so have to make this brief. I will likely come back to these stories in the future to give a longer version of these comments. I want to react to two news items that came out in the past couple of days. First, Ben Stiller said that prostate cancer screening (the infamous PSA test) "saved his life". (link) So he is out there singing the praises of…

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Graphical inequity ruins the chart

September 9, 2016
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Graphical inequity ruins the chart

This Economist chart has a great concept but I find it difficult to find the story: (link) I am a fan of color-coding the text as they have done here so that part is good. The journalist has this neat...

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Dot plots are under-valued, that’s all

August 30, 2016
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Dot plots are under-valued, that’s all

Bar charts are over-used and over-rated. Just casually, I found this example at US News: Are you comparing bar widths? Or the printed data? Here is a dot plot:

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Brexit, Bremain, the world did not end so dataviz people can throw shade and color

August 22, 2016
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Brexit, Bremain, the world did not end so dataviz people can throw shade and color

Catching a dose of Alberto Cairo the other day. He has a good post about various Brexit/Bremain maps. The story started with an editor of The Spectator, who went on twitter to make the claim that the map on the...

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