The major roadblock I came across this week was figuring out how to use a “single view to filter other views in dashboard.” However, after re-watching some of the Tableau intro videos, going to office hours, and outside googling I am 99.9% sure I figured it out.
There are several decisions I made to focus my visualizations:
- I narrowed the temporal scope of the data from 1922-2005 to 1934-2001 for two reasons. One, for a lot of the state-level variables there was missing data for the years 1923 and 1924. Two, I thought using the same range of years for the state-level and national-level data would make the visualizations, and the argument I am attempting to make, easier for a viewer to comprehend.
- The original study I am pulling this data from has made the distinction between “jail population” and “prison population.” For the purposes of my final project, I chose to only use the “prison population” data because it was the most consistently documented. I also wasn’t sure if I would be skewing the data if I combined the two columns.
In terms of interactivity, I used the “single view to filter other views” for two of the dashboards I made. For instance, for the first dashboard, users should be able to click on a state and corresponding information on the percentage of nonwhite population, real per capita income, and people who live in urban areas regarding the selected state and year. I am hoping to add further interactivity to the first two dashboards by including a function that enables a user to click on a state and a link to another website, article, or information appears. I hope the inclusion of outside resources will help contextualize my argument and the data presented.
I am honestly unsure about the “look and feel” of my project. Using navy blue for my “State-Level count of Police Officers,” or using a shade of red for “Homicide Rates” or “Executions” doesn’t really sit well with me. I plan on spending some time looking through the color palette to find some not-so-overtly politized color scheme ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Some other things on my do-to list are:
- Finalize the format and text across all visualizations.
- Draft, and edit, the argument and analysis portions of my final project.
- Convince some friends to look over and give feedback before the last week of classes.