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Andrew Gelman

Kaiser:

An additional problem with the map as shown is that it implies a false precision in the location (unless those U.S. journalists are all dying in Kansas). The choropleth map has the advantage of not misleading in this way: the data are at the country level and so the graph is presented that way.

I think the best approach would be some combination of the choropleth map and a time series. The map is good because it shows the global picture right away (although I do find the whole Alaska thing to be distracting; I'd almost like to just remove Alaska, Greenland, and a bunch of those northern islands from the map entirely, if only this wouldn't freak people out), then you can follow up with some time plot.

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