Tax Day graphic showdown

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This week, The Upshot published an interactive graphic that clearly applied to my interests as a newly married taxpayer: Are You Receiving a Marriage Penalty or Bonus? When FiveThirtyEight published a very similar graphic later in the day with the same data — Should You Get Married (Or Divorced) For Tax Reasons? — Twitter took… Read more »

Filling the news hole with ‘bullshit data’

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Data is only as honest as the intentions behind it. The contribution about PR data from Jacob Harris in NeimanLab’s 2015 Predictions series should not surprise any observer of online news, but it says what needs to be said. And it correctly points out that this is typical PR behavior. The problem is with the… Read more »

Mapping the route of oil trains

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Trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota cross the nation, winding through cities and over water systems, and occasionally exploding. We don’t know where they are or when they pass by. Earlier this year, when federal regulators told rail companies to tell states where oil trains are traveling, those companies tried pretty hard to keep… Read more »

Making our new Congress shareable

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The wave of post-election analysis included some excellent graphics, like the beautifully detailed precinct maps from The New York Times. But the one interactive I saw shared online most often by friends and acquaintances who aren’t graphics people was this interactive from The Guardian: Are you reflected in the new Congress?

A collection of 2014 election dashboards

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Each election cycle is a chance for news organizations to show what they’ve got as far as technology and design. Almost everyone is using the same Associated Press data, so the presentation matters. Here’s a collection of homepages, dashboards and results pages from national and metropolitan news organizations in screenshots that I took throughout the… Read more »

Counting crowds and “official” facts

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The climate march in New York last weekend drew 310,000 people, by the official count. But that “official” figure is impossible, as explained in an excellent post by someone who spent the march actually counting. By counting for defined intervals to measure the density of marchers, they arrived at an estimate of 125,000 – less… Read more »