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Would you like fries with your bubble plot? - Data Visualization Blog Post

Published February 16, 2011. 

I was on the drive to work this morning and thought “I want to make a bubble plot!”  Luckily, I was able to contain my enthusiasm and arrive at work without running any red lights. 

However, I did not know what information I wanted to show in my bubble plot.  I’ve seen Hans Rosling present quite a few bubble charts, so using some kind of country data or US State data seemed like a natural choice.  Then I remembered several news stories I heard or read early this morning.  Food prices are rising.  My state of Oklahoma is “on pace to lead the nation in obesity”.  And apparently a study suggests that prominently posting calorie counts in fast food restaurantsdoesn’t really change eating habits.

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