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I won't claim to understand or attempt to explain the math behind the investolution.com charts that predict the overall stock market for the next 40 days.
This page contains the prediction for S&P 500 Index minimum and maximum daily closing prices over the next 40 trading days.
It is predicted that S&P 500 Index will not close under 1,178 and over 1,295 between the dates September 19, 2008 and November 14, 2008. This prediction method was accurate for 71.0% and 95.0% of the cases (for minimum and maximum predictions, respectively) within an error margin of +-5% in the past.
Thanks Andrew for sending in the link.
To complete the week of Olympic Infographics from the NYTimes.com, they have created a page to summarize all of the infographics they created. They've been adding to it every day, so it won't actually be complete until the Olympics are over.
NYTimes.com is also tracking the Air Quality Index by day during the Olympics using a heatmap style graphic. There's definitely more pollution and particles in the air than most of the participants are used to. So far, there have been a couple of days in the 90's, but didn't cross over 100 into the "unhealthy" range.
Let's not forget the Maps! NYTimes.com has a number of interactive maps of the Beijing area showing the event locations, new architecture built for the Olympics, the demolition and expansion of the old city over the last 10 years, the new subway routes and some of the routes for the marathon and cycling events.
The Olympics Tracker is an interactive schedule of the events. It now only shows which events are scheduled each day and hour, but you can drag them to rearrange your favorites to the top. Clicking on past events shows the results, and clicking on future events shows the upcoming event details. Medal awarding events marked with a small medal icon. You can even download a desktop version for Mac or Windows.
The History of World Records from NYTimes.com shows how the world record in a number of Summer Olympic events has progressively been beaten over the last 100 years. In this chart, the Men's 100m Freestyle record was beaten three times this year improving the world record by 0.45 seconds. Similar events are all charted together, so you can see other freestyle events on the same chart.
The Medal Count Map from the NYTimes.com show the total number of medals each country has won in every olympics since 1896. Choose a year on the timeline to animate the graphic. Rolling your mouse over a country will show the breakdown of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and clicking will bring up a complete list of the events and medal winners.
The group at the NY Times online has been working overtime to create a bunch of infographics as part of their coverage of the 2008 Olympics. I'm going to highlight them this week with many of the graphics they've created. Their graphics are coming our rapid-fire just like the events in China.
First up is an Olympic Torch History graphic, highlight the torch designs since 1936 for both the Summar and Winter Olympic Games. Roll over each torch to see deatils behind the design.
First, I'm not pushing any particular political agenda. There's considerable debate around this chart, so I don't want to start any arguments. The debate isn't around the validity of the data, but about how it's being presented. The information is freely available from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Public Debt.
Second, I like that this chart takes a simple bar chart and adds a few more layers of information. At its root, this is a timeline of the increase in the national debt based on the federal budget by year. Then layered on top of that are the presidents in office that year, some color coding, the political party controlling the White House and highlights for record years.
Third, just to share the reasons for the debate. This is a great example of data being visualized with a specific agenda in mind. Obviously, this is a chart framed to make Republicans look bad, and Democrats look good. The debate centers around a few issues like programs started by one President will carry into the term of another President and more importantly that the political party controlling Congress actually has more impact on the federal budget than the President does.