The Reviz Project: The Gun Problem We Don't Mention
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As I started to explore the data, it became apparent how much of an issue suicides by gun are in the United States. From 2000-2014, there were over 274,819 suicides compared to 172,688 homicides. As I thought about the how I wanted to build the visuals to tell this story, I wanted to be able to see if there were any regional issues with gun or homicide data. To do this, I used the hex tile map visualization since it gets rid of the issue with states having more area and skewing perspective. The jury is still out on whether it is a best practice or not, but you can find my tutorial on how to build them in Tableau if you are interested.
Next, I wanted to build something that would show the trends of each state. I wanted to show all of the trend lines together and show the overall trend. I also wanted to have the trend line recalculate when the user clicks the state tiles so that it is easy to see the individual trend for a particular state.
Finally, I wanted to bring in a scatter plot to show how states with lower than average populations seems to have higher suicide rates. The purpose of these visuals is twofold: telling the story of how suicide by gun is such an issue in the United States and to prompt questions from Alex and Nelson when they reviz it.
There are several things I would like to look into further. First, why do the states with lower than average populations have such a propensity to have higher suicide rates. I would want to look at gun ownership per capita, pull that data in and join it to the existing set, and see if there are any correlations. Second, why do Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana have such extreme suicide rates. This could be related to my theory on gun ownership per capita, but it would definitely be interesting to explore. I can't wait to see what the revizzers come up with!