If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”

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Everyone comes from somewhere.

This Nathan Yau special is absolutely stunning, but oh-so-simple. You've likely seen maps that show racial breakdown of the US. One commonality of every such chart I've ever seen has been its low resolution. As we all know, aggregation can hide interesting details in the raw data.

Click through to the source article and look at the detail on the maps. Each dot represents a single person. What do you start to see from the data when it's no longer aggregated? How do you react to this image differently than this one or this one?

The choices we make when analyzing, presenting, and visualizing data matter quite a lot.

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