What happens to the Rio Olympics 2016 medal tally if you take population, GDP or Google searches into account?
Every four years at the Olympics we see similar trends — the most populated countries and those that invest the most heavily in their sports programs take the top medal slots.
So what if you wanted to take account of factors beyond the traditional medal count? What if data could examine previous Olympics and economic indicators such as the output of a country’s economy (GDP), the size of its population — and also different kinds of search interest on Google (for countries providing data).
But what if you could look at the medal table in another way? What if a small, less populous country, with fewer resources wins a large number of medals?
And these were then weighted the medal scores by each factor, to create a medal ‘count’ reflecting each variable.
The techniques of data journalism were applied to this idea, which is what the Alternative Rio 2016 Olympics Medal Interactive Table is all about.
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