Experimental Noisycharts sonifies data for improved accessibility
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by Nathan Yau
5d ago
Nick Evershed, for The Guardian, describes Noisycharts, an experimental component for their in-house charting tool: What does rising global carbon dioxide sound like? Or the crash of the pound? How about Sydney’s record-breaking rainfall, or the share value wiped out following Facebook’s pivot to virtual reality? While all of these things have been frequently graphed, now we can turn them into audio as well. Noisycharts is a new tool created by Guardian Australia to easily turn data into sound, with an animation to accompany it. One of the examples uses a modulated dog bark to demonstrate h ..read more
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Decline of key changes in popular music
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by Nathan Yau
6d ago
Chris Dalla Riva analyzed key changes in songs that made the Billboard Hot 100, between 1958 and 2022. Key changes are near non-existent after 2010. The most interesting part is why: Thus, if you changed the key of “Juicy,” Biggie wouldn’t necessarily have to change how he raps, but if you changed the key of “Over the Rainbow,” Judy Garland would have to sing different pitches. If you picked the wrong key, those pitches might be outside of her vocal range. In short, key doesn’t matter as much in hip-hop. As hip-hop grew in popularity, the use of computers in recording also exploded too. Wher ..read more
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Shifts in European energy sources
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
Mira Rojanasakul, for The New York Times, dug into current and historical energy sources in Europe. With the war in Ukraine, Russia cut off natural gas supplies to other countries, but based on estimates from Ember, it looks like the biggest shifts recently are in other energy categories. Monthly line charts are used for each country and energy source. Lines for previous years rest in the background in a light gray to serve as a point of comparison, whereas the lines for 2022 sit in the front with a bolder color and thicker width to indicate the point of interest. Tags: energy, Europe, New Yo ..read more
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$300b World Cup seen through satellite imagery
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
Qatar spent $300 billion with a ‘b’ over the past twelve years to host the World Cup. For Bloomberg, Simone Foxman, Adveith Nair, and Sam Dodge show what that money went towards through satellite imagery. The shift is striking with a transition from desert flat land to stadiums and high rises over a short period of time. These before-and-after satellite imagery pieces usually go the opposite direction, like after a natural disaster. So the sudden shift from nothing to a whole lot more is jaw-dropping. Tags: Bloomberg, Qatar, satellite imagery, World Cup ..read more
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✚ Setting Axis Ranges
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
Welcome to the 215th issue of The Process, the weekly newsletter for FlowingData members that looks closer at how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m setting scales and limits to see proper changes in the data. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides ..read more
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All the parts of daily life in India controlled by Mukesh Ambani
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
Mukesh Ambani has an estimated net worth of $90.7 billion, because his company controls many facets of Indian daily life: Ambani’s wealth comes from the enormous Reliance Industries conglomerate. Since taking over from his father, Ambani has turned Reliance — once known for textiles and petrochemicals — into a digital powerhouse. He’s grown the company’s reach through acquisitions and partnerships to reach retail, telecommunications, media, and so much more, creating an empire with unimaginable reach. The piece from Rest of World drives the point home with a stroll through illustrations tha ..read more
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8 billion population visualized
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
Here’s a fun interactive from The Washington Post to earmark the world reaching 8 billion population. Enter age, country, and gender and you get a mosaic of quarter-circles, each representing 1 or 10 million people depending on the scale of the selected country’s population. Tags: population, Washington Post ..read more
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New Visualization in R Course, and Other Updates
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
I have two course-related updates on FlowingData. First, there’s a new course on visualizing data with R. Second, I updated the Visualization for Clarity course so that you can more easily get feedback from me on how to make a better chart. Members get instant access to the new courses. If you’re not a member yet, you can find information here. If you’re already a member (thank you), log in and you can have at it. Visualization in R The first version that I wrote several years ago was an effort to consolidate my visualization tutorials so that those new to charts in R had a more step-by-step ..read more
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Sleuthing for birth dates, with just TikTok profiles as clue
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by Nathan Yau
1w ago
TikTok user notkahnjunior figures out people’s birth dates through the psuedo-privacy of the internet. People give her their TikTok profile, and she takes it from there. @notkahnjunior Replying to @knoughpe ♬ original sound – kahn No special tools required. Just web searches coupled with interactions among those who don’t know or care about privacy on the internets. It seems too easy. But it is also entertaining. Tags: notkahnjunior, privacy, TikTok ..read more
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Role of luck in football wins
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by Nathan Yau
2w ago
NFL Football Operations calculated how much luck has contributed to team wins and losses this season. They considered four actions that involve a lot of randomness: dropped interceptions, dropped passes, missed field goals, and fumble recoveries. Then they took the difference between expected win probability and the chances of the actions to calculate lucky wins and losses. Normally I live in a football-free household, but someone joined a fantasy football league, which has a way of turning non-fans into obsessive stat checkers. Tags: football, luck, randomness ..read more
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