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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #34, September 20 - September 26, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from Axios, Jared Wilber, and the Washington Post. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

Wildfire Smoke Is Erasing Progress on Clean Air by The New York Times

In this piece, NYT Climate graphics editor Mira Rojanasakul examines wildfires’ effects on air quality in the United States from 2006 to 2010 and from 2016 to 2020.

The piece contains a series of maps showing that people, especially those on the West Coast, are increasingly being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution due to climate change and are at high risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

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Search interest in abortion falls as the border rises by Axios

For Axios, Stef Kight and Jacque Schrag have charted the most-searched topics on the Internet before the midterm elections in November.

Using data from Google Trends, the chart shows which topics have remained stable or fluctuated between June 13 and September 12. Jobs have remained the top concern for people. On the other hand, border and immigration issues have spiked recently, and firearms aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. Check out Jacque's Tweet to learn more.

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The housing market is cooling. What’s it like in your area? by The Washington Post

For the Washington Post, Kevin Schaul and Hamza Shaban report on the state of the housing market across the nation.

The piece has different visuals to help readers see the big picture. It has a spiral chart (a chart type that has a legacy of controversy), an interactive table with county information, and a map to show what areas are seeing a drop in house purchases and returning to pre-pandemic rates.

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Linear Regression: A Visual Introduction To (Almost) Everything You Should Know by Jared Wilber

For Amazon's Machine Learning University, data scientist Jared Wilber explains how linear regression works.

First, he provides an overview of the linear model and then dives deeper into the subject where he covers four areas: the evaluation of regression models, how to help readers find the best model for a set of data, how to interpret different regressions, and assumptions related to linear regression. The article uses interactive charts to enable users to explore linear regression through examples where they can manipulate variables and see the results in real time.

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05. Svelte Patterns

By Reuters Graphics

Svelte Patterns by Reuters Graphics

The team at Reuters Graphics has put together this collection of resources for folks looking to make visualizations with Svelte, which is quickly becoming the de facto tool for interactive data visualization on the web.

For practitioners looking to enter the interactive domain, this is a great place to start. There is a collection of examples, ranging from scrollytelling to chart construction, each with complete code.

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