NBA Rookie Midterm Report. I love these radar charts for sports, especially with percentile rankings. Awesome.
Statistics are easy: All you need are two graphs and a leading question.
Bill James (and others) have pointed out that true racial equality in baseball came, not when superstars such as Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays started joining major league rosters, but when there was room for ordinary black players to join their equally unexceptional white colleagues on the bench.
Similarly, graphical methods have truly arrived when journalists use graphs to make ordinary, unexceptional points in a clearer way. When making a graph, and including it in an article, is easy enough that it’s done as a matter of course.
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four. Showing the world’s progress along the axes of lifespan and income. Fascinating data and a wonderful narrator/performance. (via)
Helen DeWitt, Chart 2008
The things that drive us crazy don’t do so once a month, or once a week, or even once a day: we have to fight them minute by minute, hour by hour.
In a fascinating piece over at Incongruous Quarterly, DeWitt recalls charting her year. The red blocks signify days she didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, or went to the gym. Very Lodwickian.
Overcoming Bias : Key Disputed Values. I’m tempted to look at extremes (would I rather be in the Zimbabwe corner or the Sweden corner?) but I’m even more curious about life near the moderate middle: Spain, Croatia, Uruguay, Israel.
Everyday Tastes from High-brow to Low-brow. Life Magazine, 1949.
The most interesting part is that HUGE drop in hits for the 3-o version. Among its neighboring easy-to-type competitors, “ThunderCats, hooo!” is a clear loser. If you want to stay in the safe, accepted, comfortable range, stick with the 1-, 2-, 4-, 5-, or 7-o versions. I’m drawn to the 10+ range for sheer exuberance.