Sometimes a map isn't the best way to showcase location data

10/18/2011 | Matthew Ericson blog

Maps are often best for displaying location data, but sometimes tables, graphs and scatter charts can be more precise, writes Matthew Ericson, who serves as The New York Times' deputy graphics director. Interesting data patterns, as well as anomalies, often can be made more apparent using different visual representations, he notes. These charts and graphs can be paired with maps to tell the whole location-based story, he adds.

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