Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot, and Never Brought to Mind?

We make a lot of charts. Oftentimes the best way to convey information is through a simple chart, so while we make a lot of basic bars and scatterplots, the times when something more exotic is called for its fun.

The team at FiveThirtyEight.com is known for the and they compiled what they call “The 45 Best - And Weirdest - Charts” that they produced last year.

They definitely made some good ones - and some weird ones. So we'll take a cup of kindness yet for some favorite charts of 2018. Here are three.


Mr Prospector

With an Olympics and a World Cup in 2018, it was a good year for sports charts, but the best probably come from horse racing. This look at how the entire field at the 2018 Kentucky Derby was related to one common ancestor was fascinating.

While breeders are concerned that too much inbreeding will create freakish horses, the right combination can make for horses that are freakishly brilliant


Indictments

The investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been headline news all year, but it’s not always easy to put the current investigation into the context of others in our nation’s past. This chart showing indictments, vs length of investigation gives a great picture of the magnitude of the investigation.

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A Million Missing Children

As researchers, we use Census data regularly. When the Census Bureau data shows 4.6 percent of children under the age of five were not counted in the 2010 Census - about a million children - it’s a big and interesting story.

And unlike other age groups, for whom the count has improved over time, the count of young kids seems to be getting less accurate. From 1950 to 1980, young kids were about as likely to be counted by the Census as adults were. Since then, however, adults have seen the accuracy of their count improve, and counts of older kids have improved or held steady. Yet more kids under 5 have become invisible to the powerful, constitutionally required survey.

The chart they produced showing that the youngest Americans are the least likely to be counted is simple, but powerful.