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Choropleth Sandbox

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There’s a lot of human judgment involved in creating choropleth maps. You can significantly change what you communicate to your readers by altering the number of classes, the type of breaks, and the color scheme.

Number of classes

There’s some disagreement here, but in general, you should use no fewer than three classes and no more than eight. Any fewer will fail to show enough detail, and any more will no longer be discriminable. Here’s a paper that argues you should use seven or eight.

Type of breaks

I used Gregor Aisch’s awesome chroma.js library to implement these breaks.

Color schemes

This block lets you choose from 12 multi-hue schemes created by Cynthia Brewer. They can all be found on ColorBrewer2. Don’t use rainbow color schemes, as people have trouble making pre-cognitive interpretations of the different colors.

About this map

Sex ration Sex ratio among people aged 0-4 by district. Lower sex ratios mean fewer females. Source: Census of India, 2011

Muslim pop. (%) Percentage of a district’s population that is Muslim. Source: Census of India, 2011

Houseless / lakh pop. Number of homeless people per lakh people. No data for Dibang Valley, Arunanchal Pradesh; Lakshadweep, Lakshadweep; Kiphire, Nagaland; Upper Siang, Arunanchal Pradesh; Kolasib, Mizoram. Source: Census of India, 2011