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UVa statistician's dot map shows US racial makeup

Saturday - 9/7/2013, 11:14am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A demographic map showing the racial distribution of the population of the United States has garnered national attention for its creator, a University of Virginia researcher.

Dustin Cable is a statistician in the Demographics and Workforce Group at U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. He used Census data and a computer template to create an interactive map of the United States with 308 million data points.

Each point represents a person counted by the Census Bureau, and the dots are color-coded by race. This allows users to look at the population density, distribution and racial segregation in one easy-to-use map, which allows users to scroll and zoom in and out.

The map gained instant acclaim on the Internet.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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