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Graphing Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague!
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Re: Plague
  • 11/17/2017 10:19:33 PM
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@Lyndon - this recent plague is scary. Saw an article that some people were dying from this sickness in just 3 hours. Yikes

Re: Plague
  • 11/16/2017 10:27:35 AM
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Yes, it's pretty important to display any information up front about what a chart is depicting and there lies the problem with lots of graphics, it's just not clear what the basis for the statistics are, and thus the data can be manipulated to show a distorted picture.

Re: Plague
  • 11/16/2017 9:20:20 AM
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I agree that the story might be different when viewed on a per capita basis. These diseases are largly diseases of the poor.

Re: Plague
  • 11/15/2017 11:58:58 PM
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Legibility and colors are much improved.

I do wonder how the chart would look if it highlighted the top countries on a per-capita basis.

Even the Halloween costume is much better than the ordinary store-bought fare.

Avoiding visual confusion
  • 11/14/2017 8:32:02 AM
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"The colors of the plague countries, the non-plague countries, and the background blend in together, such that the countries with plague do not stand out as the main emphasis of the map."

 

I don't know why but this is something I see more of lately.  I don't know if it's a graphic design lesson that people are following or if it is bleeding over from some other design concept but color palettes on charts like the example seem to be the norm.  While the colors for the plague outbreaks stand out it makes identifying things that they don't specifically call out for you a bit more difficult. 

Re: Plague
  • 11/13/2017 11:24:49 AM
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In regard to the large-scale outbreak of pneumonic plague in East Africa, Huffington Post recently posted a particularly informative article:

Inside A Modern-Day Plague Outbreak

 

Re: Plague
  • 11/13/2017 8:22:54 AM
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@sethbreedlove Yes, I know and there is also Google flu. I meant there are possiblities of adapting this form of visualization in particular -- not that we don't have access to data.

Re: Plague
  • 11/13/2017 2:35:33 AM
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@ Ariella, for flue data there is an overwhelming amount of information.  The CDC creates weekly reports for the spread of the flue in the U.S and many other diseases.  The CDC is one of the few government organiztions in the U.S. that is on the ball as every political party sees its importance.   The World Health Orginazation is another great source of data. 

Re: Plague
  • 11/12/2017 11:51:24 AM
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Perhaps this kind of visualization can be adapted to show the spread of other communicable diseases like flu. 

Re: Plague
  • 11/10/2017 5:35:43 PM
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Another masterly graphic visualization improvement from Robert!

I'm also glad he's called attention to the African plague outbreak. I've been aware of this for a couple of weeks, and am shocked that it has not merited significant reporting in the mainstream media ...

Thanks to Robert for at least calling attention to this serious issue.

 

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