Maps and dots
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In response to Derek's comment, here is a bit more show and tell on chained dots, rows of dots, stacked bars and rows of bars.


Chained dots and stacked bars require a legend.  The rows of dots or bars permit a more efficient labeling.  Rows of bars do require a scale but this object is more scalable than rows of dots; imagine longer and longer rows of dots.  With bars, we just adjust the scale.

Chaining and stacking makes it easier to compare total prizes as opposed to individual prizes.  So it depends on which comparisons we want to emphasize.  My interest in this map happens to be league-table style comparisons, and because these prizes (aside from the Nobel) are so specific to a field, knowing the distribution across fields is important too.

Chicago is indeed a curious omission; is it possible they are not counting Economics Nobels?


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Peter H

Could be, since it's no "real" Nobel prize. But the price they really shouldn't be counting is the Peace price. Also, since the Nobel prices most often are split between two or three laureates, how do they count?

Chris Hibbert

San Fran is a clumsy abbreviation. Since it was the longest label, it was worth looking for a shorter alternative. Did you not consider UCSF? It's obvious (at least to everyone on the west coast) what that means. Is it less transparent elsewhere? Given either the map or the west-east layout, it should be easy for others to figure out.

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