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CLIENT

Professor Jodie Jenkinson

 

FORMAT

Web based data visualization

Microsoft Excel

Adobe Illustrator

DATE

April 2020

AUDIENCE

General, highly educated

PURPOSE

The following visualization looks at patterns seen in the CDC’s 2018 Division of Vital Statistics data. This dataset includes over 90% of all births in the US during 2018, totaling just over one million births. The first chart gives an overview of significant categories plotted together on the same 24 hour plot. It quickly becomes obvious that many births are happening early in the morning, near 8 am. Below, these color-coded categories are charted individually. This data visualization piece is meant to spark curiosity and could be adapted to be an interactive module allowing individuals about to give birth the option to customize multiple variables.

BIRTH BY THE HOUR

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REFERENCES

Armstrong, Z. (2017, June 20). Why Are so Many Babies Born around 8:00 A.M.? Scientific American Blog Network. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/sa-visual/why-are-so-many-babies-born-around-8-00-a-m/

Data Access - Vital Statistics Online. (2021, May). National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/vitalstatsonline.htm

Mathews, T. J., & Curtin, S. C. (2015, May). When Are Babies Born: Morning, Noon, or Night? Birth Certificate Data for 2013. National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db200.htm

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