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2020-05-26 | J++ Newsletter #94

Corona inequality

Mobility is an easier option for some than others. The New York Times has used smartphone location data to show how much more likely residents from NYC’s richest neighbourhoods were to leave the city as the pandemic hit.

How exposed is your job to coronavirus? And how does it compare to other professions? The BBC has made a lookup that will answer the question, based on survey data from ONS/O*NET.

Here at J++, we've done a similar analysis together with Dagens Samhälle. What proportion of jobs can be done from home - municipality by municipality [link in Swedish]?

Interested in how corona has hit the Nordic countries differently? Finnish YLE has put together a thorough comparison of deaths, testing, government restrictions and more [link in Swedish].

New from J++


Also from the New York Times, this is a matter-of-fact explaination of how to avoid being hoodwinked by percentage change - in a time when everything is upended. 

Don’t miss the Nightingale’s thoughtful runthrough on how to think about accessibility in data vis.

And on a completely different note...

Since April, The Pudding has been running a live experiment of the infinite monkey theorem, i.e. the idea that a monkey hitting keys on a typewriter at random will, given an infinite amount of time, type any text including the complete works of Shakespeare. 

It only took 1.4 million attempts to get Sweet Child O’Mine right. Go check it out.

"All said and done, the point here isn’t the real numbers, but the faith that given enough time, randomness will prevail."

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