John Burn-Murdoch

John Burn-Murdoch


Stories, stats & scatterplots for @FinancialTimes | Currently working on bias in AI | john.burn-murdoch@ft.com | #dataviz

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NEW: we’re pleased to announce all of our excess deaths data is now public, in CSV format • Data for 24 countries and counting • Down to regions/cities in many cases • Includes numbers for Italy through to end of April

It also feels like this means "clocks go back" and "clocks go forward" might not be the best shorthand to use for moving in and out of daylight saving time 🤔

@odony  Language bias definitely plays a part, but it's still weird & ambiguous in English. e.g to me, "go back in time " absolutely means into the past and "go forward in time " 100% means future, but "the meeting has been moved forward " means brought closer to now... 🤔🤔🤔

Just hosted our first jiaozi-making class over Zoom. Pic 1 the undoubted teacher's pet.

We’re not the only ones collecting and publishing this data. Worth checking out the resources already published by @JCDTozer  & co @TheEconomistat  () and & co at () @atmccann  @nytimes 

We’ve already shared this data directly with academics, but we’re taking the step to make it completely public today so that more people can dig into the numbers, combine with their own datasets etc.

Now for a peak behind-the-scenes: In some cases the data was easy to come-by, with national statistical bodies like @ONS  making timely mortality data readily available. In others, it was trickier...

One day I will see some data online and won’t be able to find a way to extract it from the page, but that day is yet to arrive.

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NEW: a lot of data on reported Covid deaths is highly suspect, so we’ve been looking into excess mortality — how many more people than usual have been dying around the world in recent weeks? Story by me, @ChrisGiles_  & @valentinaromei  (free to read):

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NEW: Saturday 21 March update of our coronavirus mortality trajectories tracker • Today we add annotations showing when each country locked down • UK & US already have more deaths than when China, Spain, France & others locked down Live version here:

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New project: A “Bar Chart Race” animation showing the changing ranks of the 10 biggest cities in the world since 1500. Fascinating to watch giant cities vanish after falling in conquests, and amazing that three UK cities were in the top 8 in the late 1800s.

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