Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Info-Vis" and Tyranny of Averages - Part III

Continuing the "infovis" and Tyranny of Averages themes --
NY Times has a great graphic showing Unemployment by County.

Called "Geography of a Recession" it is an example where the knowing the average , 7.1% (Dec 2008) doesn't tell you the full story. Look at the different counties, some areas of the country are approaching 20% and some are at 2 or 3%. They also show 1 year change -- again some areas unemployment has increased 7 or 8% in the last year.

If you were trying to solve the unemployment problem -- digging into the details and understanding where/who/what/why are critical to coming up with a valid solution(s)
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