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Top k countries

I tried a little mapping experiment. If I had more time I could write some code to automate this whole process.The surprise to me here is Mexico. It just ~barely~ makes 15th place in both area and GDP. Japan lacks area, Indonesia lacks productivity, Australia and Canada lack people.______________________________________________________________________________Another mapping experiment:Indicators are: Life expectancy at […]

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Low-effort maps Jan 2019

The following are some low-effort maps I made in January 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post. Created in December 2018, shared on 31 January 2019.Data source: Google Earth Blog […]

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Development in Russia

Версия на русском. Colorblind-friendly version.I got a hold of human development data for each Russian federal subject, contained in a report (short version here) by Russia’s National Analytics Center. The report did have a map, but I didn’t particularly like how it was split between two PDF pages, let alone the wacky color scheme. Great […]

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UChicago over Stanford?

UChicago is higher ranked than Stanford (US News) because UChicago happens to be better at generating the right stats for the methodology. You could call it gaming the system, but that’s unfair since it’s mostly not deliberate. According to Parchment.com’s statistics, about one in three students choose UChicago over Stanford, if admitted to both.Here’s a walkthrough of […]

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Snow Days

The lightest green says “any snow” but also includes merely the prediction of snow. Also, this is snow accumulation over 24 hours/overnight. In much of the Midwest and Great Plains, school closing often depends more on wind chill and temperature than on snow accumulation (“cold days”). Thus, this map may be misleading in those areas. Many jurisdictions in California and […]

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