“Clear Off The Table”

The principles outlined in that article aren’t just for charts, though. You can apply them to your data tables with similar improvements in readability and aesthetics. To paraphrase Edward Tufte, too often when we create a data table, we imprison our data behind a wall of grid lines. Instead we can let the data itself form the structure that aids readability by making better use of alignment and whitespace.

Read more at: blog.darkhorseanalytics.com

Poll: Trump-Clinton Matchup Redrawing Electoral Map

This poll is major undertaking for The Washington Post, and its graphics team did a nice job explaining some of the key findings.

A Washington Post-SurveyMonkey poll of all 50 states indicates the 2016 campaign could flip several red and blue states from their longtime loyalties. The poll, conducted Aug. 9 through Sept. 1, asked more than 74,000 registered voters who they currently support for president.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

A Random Generator of Random @mapmakerbot Maps

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

One of my favorite Twitter bot ideas is @mapmakerbot, which visualizes American demographic data each hour in the form of county-level maps. You can read the technical details here.

The bot, created by New York artist Neil Freeman, has posted thousands of maps this year. Some are interesting. Others not so much, as the author notes:

The bot creates maps of county-level data, grouped by quintile. The bot functions as an educational tool, and as a critique of a facile approach to official statistics and map-making. The bot’s functional but hardly insightful maps offer a veiled critique of the blind use of data to offer insight.

See for yourself. More than 1,000 maps, at random:

Visualizing World Alcohol Consumption: What Beverages Do Countries Prefer?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, South Korea

I posted recently about how countries consume different amounts of alcohol — and how some have wider gender gaps when it comes to booze.

The previous posts relied on two data sets from the World Health Organization, which calculates consumption (in liters and grams) based on surveys and actual import, exports and sales data. The organization, a reader noted recently, also breaks down the consumption totals proportionally by beverage.

This chart shows each country and its relative tastes for beer, wine, spirits and “other,” which, in South Korea at least, is mostly soju, a fermented rice beverage that’s not easily categorized.

Visualizing World Alcohol Consumption: How Much Does Each Country Drink?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Demographics, South Korea

A few weeks ago I posted about gender gaps in alcohol consumption around the world.

In some countries — South Korea, for example — men and women consume quite different amounts of booze, according to the World Health Organization. Fueled by a love for soju, South Korea’s men are among the heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming about 78 grams per day — nearly twice as much as other men on average. Its women drink only slightly more than their counterparts abroad, on average.

But that data only averaged daily consumption, by country, among people who list themselves as “drinkers”. The organization also has estimates about per-capita consumption amounts based on countries’ import, export and sales data, normalized with their adult populations. Depending on your question, that might be more useful information.

Those data, which also offer a breakdown of alcohol types (beer, wine, spirits and “other”), tell a different story. Instead of leading the world, by that measure South Koreans rank farther down a list of 196 countries: 35th.