16 votes

A pandemic of bubble maps

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  1. sleepydave
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    This has been on my mind for the past two weeks or so - I think JHU was one of the first to publish an online COVID-19 stats dashboard with a bubble map and everyone else (mainstream media...

    This has been on my mind for the past two weeks or so - I think JHU was one of the first to publish an online COVID-19 stats dashboard with a bubble map and everyone else (mainstream media included) just followed suit without much thought.

    6 votes
  2. timo
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    When using maps, you also need much more granular data. Just coloring a country the size of US, China or India doesn't tell you much. When you are using colors to distinguish, it totally depends...

    When using maps, you also need much more granular data. Just coloring a country the size of US, China or India doesn't tell you much.

    When you are using colors to distinguish, it totally depends on the scale of the data what it'll show you. For example, take a look at this map. Pretty much all of Western Europe has the same color, but their numbers wildly differ.

    And of course...

    ideally scaled by population

    https://xkcd.com/1138/

    4 votes