Google’s amazing visualization of the small arms trade

by Jake Wobig

It’s available here.

I have often thought that academics could make some real progress in making our work interesting and relevant to the public by identifying ways to present our research other than regression tables and dense jargon.  Efforts like this one on small arms are exactly on the right track.

Even if we don’t have the resources to make visualizations like this, there are ways to make regression tables much easier to interpret for people who haven’t taken a lot of statistics classes.  This paper by Jonathan Kastellec and Eduardo Leoni provides some nice suggestions