@mike I’m impressed by the number of high-quality notebooks you publish on top of everything else you contribute to the community. Thank you.
A couple of comments/ideas to consider that came up while looking at the following:
https://observablehq.com/@d3/non-contiguous-cartogram. Nothing requires a response.
- I would love to be able to comment directly on a notebook. I find myself not commenting because there is no easy way to do so. I think comments can help us engage with each other’s work even more.
- Maybe even commenting on particular cells and even particular lines or sections of a cell would also be of value
Comments about the post:
- I love the meaningful transition between 2008 and 2018 – people are getting more obese as shown by a growing state size – cool. However, I can’t get over the cognitive dissonance with the fact we use the geospatial area to represent population. States that are large in size but have low population density are overly represented.
- I found myself wanting to see which states changed most or least between 2008 and 2018 – any outliers/clusters?
- Obviously harder – but it would be perhaps more visually meaningful and visually appealing if the shrinkage mechanism based on contours rather than linear x/y reduction. Hawaii will be the hardest, but maybe with a minimal required contour diameter cutoff would help hide the really small parts.
- IMO, too much geo-detail distracts from the message