Population of England named "longest data series"


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/20/population-of-england-named.html


#2

Surprised the two world wars aren’t more pronounced.


#3

Could we get a bit more definition of “longest data series?” Off the top of my head, this comes to mind as longer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_popes

No doubt this doesn’t qualify for some reason. So what’s the definition?


#4

What nonsense scale is the y-axis? Reminds me of this.


#5

It’s a little hard to tell because they were inconsistent with the labels, but I think that’s a log scale.

WWII doesn’t show up as much because it’s way up there in the compressed part of the scale, and also because we’re talking about England here, not Russia.


#6

It’s a logarithmic scale (which is perfectly cromulent) and it starts at zero (which is appropriate but very, very rare in online graphs).

What I find odd is its assertion that the population of England was zero at the time of the Conquest. I am pretty sure that is incorrect. And probably racist somehow.


#7

@Dioptase1 Longest prospective data series; there are data series going back into paleolontological times here on earth, and even longer for astronomical and cosmological data.


#8

uhm, zero is at -infinity.


#9

I’m thinking back in the 12th century they didn’t count the “native savages” as part of the population.


#10

We didn’t know how to count until the French turned up so this is technically correct.
Also, the number one reason we hate them, now we have numbers.


#11

Well, it presumably starts at 10 people, or possibly 2.718, but yes.


#12

Cool. Thanks. And for those of us that had to look it up:
https://www.statsdirect.com/help/basics/prospective.htm


#13

What about the population of China? They’ve been doing a census for at least 2000 years.


#14

How different life must have been in Empty England ca 1450. Must have really bottle-necked the gene pool too.


#15

You can’t have a log scale go to zero. It isn’t labeled but it looks like the lower edge of the plot is at about 2,000, or maybe 1500.


#16

Antarctic ice records of atmospheric CO2 and dendrochronological records of rainfall immediately come to mind, too.


#17

That would actually be the Domesday book, in medieval english.


#18

And to pile on even further- “4,000 thousands of persons”? That is just about the most cofusing possible way to say “4 million people”


#19

I know that they used the log scale to fit the whole thing in one graph but it’s not great for realism. It makes it look like 90% of people died to the black death, at a glance at least. It’s closer to 50% in reality.


#20

Maybe it starts a 1?