30 November 2012

25 October 2012

Obesity around the world

To visualize obesity you will need:
- a carrot cake
- some raisins
- a pen to write text on the cake
- obesity data from WHO

09 October 2012

Prices of handbags at e-shops and TSUM Moscow

Data visualizations may help in taking everyday decisions. Let's say that you go for a Metallica concert, so you need a new Alexander McQueen handbag (if the concert is in the UK the best choice is "Red/Blue Crystal Britannia Skull Box Clutch"). Time to compare the prices.

I compared prices at the producers' e-shops distributing in the United States with the Moscow TSUM (Central Department Store). For "Oro Intrecio Metal Knot" by Bottega Veneta you have to pay 70% (1.942$) more in Moscow than at the American e-shop.

24 September 2012

Population of Russia from 1500 to 2000

I decided to visualize some data using crochet. To create the "data visualization scarf" I used:
- yarn (colours are taken from the Russian flag)
- crochet-hook
- data

26 June 2012

The Netherlands - Russia Bilateral Year 2013

Although 2013 is the Dutch-Russian bilateral year I have decided to celebrate it a bit earlier and started to create a timeline showing relations between the countries through the centuries.

18 May 2012

Azerbaijan: it's a man's world

Derrick Harris, a big data specialist, wrote "Your data has a secret, but you — yes, you — can make it talk". I did not need to make them talk, as they have been screaming.

The sex ratio in the 0-14 age group in Azerbaijan went from 107 males per 100 females in 1990, to 116 in 2010. The ratio is significantly higher in certain states such as Gubadly and Lachyn (129 and 125). About 130 thousand girls are missing from the expected population of under the age of 14.

Abnormal sex ratios at birth, explained by growing incidence of sex-selective abortion, have also been noted in China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan and Armenia.

12 May 2012

Me, I love charts and Metallica

Two young and handsome men, Jason Oberholtzer and Cody Westphal, have collected the most interesting charts placed on their blog "I love charts" and published in a book with unexpected and shocking title: "I love charts: the book" 

One of my charts became part of the book so I've created a chart showing how it's changed my life

20 April 2012

Demographic situation in Russia

Rate of natural increase is the birth rate minus the death rate, expressed per 1000 inhabitants. A positive RNI number means that the population increases and a negative number means that the population decreases. RNI doesn't consist migration.

27 March 2012

How big is Chinese internet?

The number of Chinese internet users is 5.13 hundred million (2011). The Internet penetration rate stepped up to 38.3%.

22 February 2012

Best Student Cities in the World 2012

Quacquarelli Symonds has released its annual QS Best Student Cities in the World rankings.

Five indicators were used to rate the cities:

  • university rankings, 
  • student mix (student population, international student population),
  • quality of living (a score based on the results of the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2011),
  • employer activity (popularity among local and foreign employers),
  • affordability (tuition fees, Mercer Cost of Living Index).

Moscow ranks 37th.

The ranking is controversial so you interact with the vis on your own responsibility...