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What World MPs Really Make [shakeupmedia.com] consists of a minimalistic, full-screen scatter plot that maps the base pay of the world's parliamentarians, ranked by country and expressed as a multiple of per capita GDP, versus a "Good Governance Index", which itself is a combination of the Democracy Index, the UN's Human Development Index and the Perception of Corruption Index.

In short, the further away the country dot is removed from the yellow cross, the more their MPs are being paid. The larger the (counter-clockwise) angle from the yellow line, the worse their corresponding governance.

Via jvetrau.


This would be MUCH easier to understand if it was on a simple scatter plot.

Wed 17 Jun 2009 at 10:12 PM

Eye-candy alarm! Scatterplot to the rescue! There is simply no need to display one variable as angle and the other as length.

Wed 17 Jun 2009 at 11:00 PM

Simon and Miniknut are absolutely right; the use of polar instead of cartesian coordinates is completely unnecessary and highly confusing.

Thu 18 Jun 2009 at 4:13 AM
Danny Holten

very pretty and very meaningless.

Thu 18 Jun 2009 at 7:24 AM

Well, I think it's cool, though I defer to professional plotters.

Thu 18 Jun 2009 at 7:28 AM

Eye candy indeed. But maybe exactly what this (potentially boring) dataset needs?

Thu 18 Jun 2009 at 7:52 PM

I miss Brazil on the plotter....or maybe is out of the scene? :)

Thu 18 Jun 2009 at 7:55 PM

Forget scatter plots, given it is geographic data a cloropleth map, or some kind of cartogram would work.

Sat 20 Jun 2009 at 8:26 AM

Well, at least this vaguely proves that there's no correlation between pay rate and governing like a dick.

Fri 24 Jul 2009 at 3:14 PM
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