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✚ I Want to Visualize Aspects of the Data – The Process 162

Welcome to issue #162 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m less interested in the data and more interested in aspects of it. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

3-D rendering of Dixie fire smoke clouds

The New York Times used radar data to create a 3-D model of the Dixie fire smoke clouds: The raw data was collected every 10 minutes in radial sweeps around the radar stations, each at a higher altitude. The Times combined and reformatted the data using Py-ART, a collection of algorithms and utilities used regularly in radar analysis. We then filtered...

Search every USPS mail route

I’m not sure how long this has been around, but the USPS has a tool where you can see the mail route in any geographic area. Just search for an address and you can see where they go. It’s meant for businesses interested in direct mail, so it also shows average income, number of houses, and how much it’d cost to send mail on that route. I had no idea...

A view from the Moon’s south pole

NASA Goddard visualized the point of view from the south pole of the Moon, based on years of data collection to map the Moon’s surface. The result is a data-based time-lapse that shows Earth moving up and down and long shadows because the run shines at a low angle. It’s a neat contrast to what we see from Earth and makes me wonder what other points...

Treemap tour of political donations

The Digital Story Innovation Team for ABC News in Australia looked at political donations from the gambling industry. The piece goes all-in with treemaps in a scrollytelling format to show categories and individual donations. It starts with an individual point and keeps zooming out more and more. Then when you think it’s done, it zooms out more. Tags:...

How the Longest Running Shows Rated Over Episodes

Most television shows don't get past the first season, but there are some that manage to stick around. These are the 175 longest running shows on IMDb that have ratings.Read More

✚ Keep Them Separated – The Process 161

Welcome to issue #161 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members on how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week, I’m thinking about visualization that tries to do too much in a single view — when it’d be better to implement, communicate, and understand separated views. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses,...

Simulating how just a little gender bias in the workplace can lead to big effects up the chain

Yuhao Du, Jessica Nordell, and Kenneth Joseph used simulations to study the effects of small gender biases at entry level up to executive level. It doesn’t take much to skew the distribution. For NYT Opinion, Yaryna Serkez shows the simulation in action with moving bubbles and stacked area charts for each work level. The simulation imagines a company...

How the 3-point line changed basketball

Vox shows how the 3-point line is “breaking” the game. The basic math says a 3-point shot is more efficient for scoring points than a 2-point shot if the team can make a high enough percentage of attempts. It’s why the mid-range shot has fallen out of favor. But it’s more an evolution than a breaking. Defense adapts, and then offense adjusts to...

Possible cheating seen in a scatterplot

When plotting Russian election results, a structured grid patterns appear. From The Economist: When Dmitry Kobak and Sergey Shpilkin, two researchers, analysed the results, they found that an unusually high number of turnout and vote-share results were multiples of five (eg, 50%, 55%, 60%), a tell-tale sign of manipulation. According to Messrs Kobak...

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