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joemako

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I found "Visualizing 1 in 8,000" by Jan Schultink (image from his article attached) interesting.

Initially, I think it is effective at making a point, but I worry that it may be misleading.

What do you think?

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sfew

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Joe,

Please explain why you think it might be misleading.

Steve

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joemako

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Stephen,

Possibly misleading because the size of the dots are different. Since all the dots represent one unit, I would tend to expect that all the dots be the same size.

Or, looking at it like a rectangular pie chart, the overall area generated by the arranged dots in each group is not the same, so the area of 100% on one side does not equal the area of 100% on the other side.

Do you know if this type of visualization has a name? It does remind me of http://www.mondaydots.com/
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Joe,

I agree with your critique. This would have worked better if the plot on the right had 8000 total dots, just like the one on the left, but with 105 dots highlighted (8000 divided by 76).

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