Saturday, April 21, 2007

homework



the new york times carries today an article on the rise of infant mortality rates in the south. the article suggests a causal relationship between cuts to medicaid under the bush admin and this phenomenon

i call this a great example of the "well, duh!" moment. what really interests me, though, is the way that the otherwise excellent graph provided excludes information on poverty rates, esp with regards to child poverty. i wonder about what would happen if we could include data that showed the parallel rise in child poverty rates, broken down by region and ethnic group.

so, i've been looking for other graphs online to fill in the holes, maybe we can have a little graph-tini (shaken, not stirred), so we could point with greater accuracy the obvious but not so visible.

4 comments:

Betty & Bimbo said...

I'm looking, V.!

One of my favorite blogs may be able to help us find some good statistics: Facing South, the blog of the Institute for Southern Studies.

http://www.southernstudies.org/facingsouth/

betty said...

This is an interesting report on which metropolitan areas do and don't work for low-income children of different ethnicities:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2007-releases/press01232007.html

And many interesting graphs and stats are here:

http://diversitydata.sph.harvard.edu/

venus infers said...

oh graphs! lots of them! how sexy!!!

Anonymous said...

i think i got one for venus: edward tufte (sp?) the yale prof and author of visual information and the like has the coolest graph of napoleon's army invading somewhere....in french, too!