QP Feb 2021
Don Wilson
1 Posts
In response to Lyn Hare's article on graphing, attached a graph of Total Cases from April 2020 to Feb 2021 of the states in the article.
The graph is in cases per million as the states vary in population from 1.9 million (NE) to 19.5 million (NY). Note that 100,000 cases per million translates to 10% of the state's population if we assume each resident can only be infected by COVID- 19 once.
I believe this follows Edward Tufte's intent and style more than graphs shown in the article. It also covers a longer time period.
Noticing the higher cases in Nebraska and Iowa would naturally lead to investigate neighboring "Plain States" and finding that North and South Dakota are even higher in cases per million.

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Trish Borzon
1489 Posts
Hi Don Wilson‍ - thanks for sharing your perspective. .

For the full article Dodging Deceptive Depictions - https://asq.org/quality-progress/articles/dodging-deceptive-depictions?id=bfb9d2c64f8c4f2d9f4ceca0ec37796d