October 27, 2014
Monday Makeover: The odds of dying from select causes in the USA
Peter Gilks of Paint By Numbers sent me this viz last week for a Monday Makeover.
- Why is there an "any cause" box? We're all going to die so of course the ratio is 1:1.
- There are two causes with 1 in 7 odds, yet the boxes are different sizes.
- Americans have a 1in 28 chance of dying from Chronic lower respiratory disease, yet that box isn't 1/4 the size of the 1 in 7 boxes.
It only gets worse from there. I would have made this much simpler with a bar chart. Yes, it's boring, but it's more effective.