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Nemil Dalal: The Visualization of Deaths in The New York Times

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As a society, we continuously debate whether news coverage is balanced and unbiased. If not, it can give us a distorted view of the world that leads to bad personal and societal decisions. Today, this has important bearing on topical issues like terrorism.

I'll examine the coverage of deaths in The New York Times and its impact on readers. We'll use data, charts, and interactive visualizations to explore the coverage of deaths. As we'll see, even in the 21st century, our decision making is heavily informed by readable stories with powerful narratives - not always thoughtful risk assessments.


Nemil Dalal is a software engineer with an interest in data analysis and journalism. Previously, he was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. He also worked at the World Bank in East Timor, and the Gates Foundation's Financial Services for the Poor practice. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Stanford University, where he was a Staff Writer and News Editor at the Stanford Daily.

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Thanks to the Underwood Institute for sponsoring some of the refreshments. The Underwood Institute is a research foundation that focuses on both work in and research on data for good and code for good efforts.

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