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The Emoji States of America – a new way to present government data

I admit to not being and emjoi aficionado, so to make up for this apparent deficit, I offer you The Emoji States of America – via Axios Visuals Editor Lazaro Gamio:

“This visualization is a modified version of Chernoff Faces, a technique that maps multiple statistical values to the features of a face. Because it’s 2017, we expanded on the technique and made Chernoff Emojis. Each part of the emoji is controlled by the state’s ranking in a given metric, which range from the uninsured rate to the percent of adults who report getting enough sleep.”

  • Face color: This is mapped to the uninsured rate in every state — the greener and more sickly the face, the lower this state ranks. (Worst: Texas; best: Massachusetts)
  • Eyebrows: The more furrowed the brow, the lower a state ranks in the unemployment rate. (Worst: New Mexico; best: Colorado)
  • Eye size: The larger the eyes in each face, the larger the share of adults over 25 with a bachelor’s degree. (First: Colorado; last: West Virginia)
  • Eye bags: The more pronounced these are in every face, the smaller the share of adults that report at least 7 hours of sleep each night. (Best-rested: South Dakota; worst: Hawaii)
  • Mouth: The shape of the mouth is mapped to the poverty rate. (Highest: Mississippi; lowest: New Hampshire)
  • Chin: The more noticeable this feature is, the higher this state ranks in obesity rates. (Highest: Louisiana; lowest: Colorado).”

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