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VISUALIZING COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF US STATES
Change how you see the world. Put things into perspective!
In our most labor-intensive post ever, Jake Hofman and I have created, for every country in the world, a way to think of that country’s area and population in terms of US states. It’s all part of a larger project improving comprehension of numbers in the news. [See our working paper, a longer version of which was recently accepted at CHI 2016].
You’ll see 13 fascinating examples below. Check them out and come back to …
… educate yourself and contribute valuable data
We’re trying to advance the science of examples. What example should a teacher or journalist use when putting a country into perspective? For instance, in the image above, we could have said that Syria is about the same size as Washington but with three times the population. This is factually more accurate, but might also be more difficult for people to remember or use. So we thought we might get some feedback from readers and find out what makes appealing examples
Please go here, hit “random”, vote for an example, hit “submit” and repeat until you’re bored silly. You’ll be advancing research that can help teachers, journalists, and scientists communicate better.
You can see every country here.
We’ve done something similar before, but just for area, and it didn’t have pictures. This is so much better (and harder). Want to reward our hard work? Go here, hit “random”, and give us precious training data.