Category: Statistics

The 25 poorest countries in the world

25. Tanzania — GDP per capita: $2,054 (£1,430) REUTERS/Andrew Emmanuel 24. Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $2,051 (£1,428) REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail 23. Benin — GDP per capita: $1,957 (£1,363) Wikimedia/CC/Babylas 22. Solomon Islands — GDP per capita: $1,877 (£1,307) Jenny Scott/Flickr 21. Gambia — GDP per capita: $1,849 (£1,287) Serrekunda, The Gambia 20. Haiti — GDP … Continue reading The 25 poorest countries in the world


More global warming, more flooding

Water levels are rising, and naturally, the coasts are feeling it. Jonathan Corum for the New York Times shows the rise in tidal flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts . Scientists think it’s going to get a lot worse fast . The time series charts are an interesting use of dual axes. The background … Continue reading More global warming, more flooding

Serena Williams, greatest of all time

Serena Williams, who plays tonight in the U.S. Open semifinal, might be the greatest tennis player of all time. Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times provides a numbers rundown to make the case . Tags: Serena Williams , sports , tennis via

Swing states are a relatively new thing

Here’s a fun one from the Guardian. They go over the change in political landscape, leading in with a map that shows states flip around like cards each election cycle . Relying on the same handful of states to decide the outcome of presidential elections is a fairly recent phenomenon. Just three decades ago, when … Continue reading Swing states are a relatively new thing

xkcd: Earth temperature timeline

In classic xkcd-fashion, Randall Munroe timelines the Earth’s temperature , dating back to 20,000 BCE up to present. Slow changes, slow changes, history, slow changes, still slow changes, and then, oh shoot. Tags: environment , temperature , xkcd via

Diversity percentages for US schools

Based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. Department of Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education compiled a straightforward searchable and sortable table that shows the race percentages for more than 4,600 institutions . FYI: The search function is basic, and you have to enter a school’s name to match as it is entered in the … Continue reading Diversity percentages for US schools

Computed screen time for men and women

In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically , in contrast to the more crude measurement of script lines. Key findings: Male characters received two times the amount of screen time as female characters in 2015 (28.5% compared to 16.0%). When a film … Continue reading Computed screen time for men and women

Increased Income Across All Groups

But not every group's median income increased by the same amount. Read More via

Showing missing data in line charts

Missing data is everywhere. Or, I guess technically it’s nowhere. You know what I mean. Missing data is common, especially with temporal data over long periods of time. Just look at country-level estimates for anything over ten years, and you’ll understand. Peter Beshai for Bocoup provides five solutions for line charts with missing data , … Continue reading Showing missing data in line charts

The Spread of Obesity

A look at the rise for each state over three decades, for men and women. Tags: health , obesity via