Data Visualization

Blog of the Data Visualization & Communication Course at OSB-AUB

This is my favorite part about analytics: Taking boring flat data and bringing it to life through visualization” John Tukey

Netflix – Facts and Figures

Netflix – Facts and Figures

It will be interesting to explore what all insights can be obtained from a Netflix dataset.


Speeding, drunk driving main causes of road accidents in Lebanon.

Speeding, drunk driving main causes of road accidents in Lebanon.

In every Lebanese driver, there is a hidden Michael Schumacher inside of him/her. Unfortunately with all NGOs providing all possible resources for the promotion of road safety awareness, car accidents numbers are all the way up. The sad part is that drinking and driving is illegal but do we really abide by this law. When was the last time you called a taxi because you were drunk? And the most important aspect is that car Speed is a competition and a show off.

It was interesting to find through the below dashboard that most car accidents happens during summer season (July and August).

The dataset contains both monthly and yearly statistics of car accidents in Lebanon from 2007 to 2019. This dataset is aggregated by the number of car accidents, the number of injuries, and the number of fatalities.

The History and Future of Fertility in different regions

The History and Future of Fertility in different regions

The fertility mutates from region to another and it is related to the culture, education level and civilization. It also decreases from year to year because of civilization, weather, and human life style.

This Dash compares 3 different countries USA: Advance country , Lebanon : Arab region and Africa:third world and shows that all the countries will have the same fertility rate in the future.

Data source: https://www.opendatalebanon.org/

Vital Statistics in Lebanon

Vital Statistics in Lebanon

The following dashboard gives a complete image of the vital statistics in Lebanon starting year 1999 till the year 2018. It can be seen that the number of births has increased over the past few years by approximately 74 percent (top visual). However, during the same period, the number of deaths has increased slightly. The drastic increase in the number of births and yet slight increase in death rate call for further analysis of factors contributing to this improvement such as economic indicators, health care system and other relevant factors. What is worth noting, however, is that the number of divorces have doubled during the same time period. In comparison, the number of marriages has slightly increased between the years 1999 – 2018.

The following dashboard further shows a break down of these four variables (births, deaths, marriages, and divorces) by city and year. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has maintained the lowest number of births throughout the years (1999 – 2018). Interestingly, however, North Lebanon has had the highest number of vitals across all four variables throughout the same time period. Bekaa, on the other hand, had a relatively high marriage and divorce rate.

On a separate note, Lebanon has maintained an equal number of births and deaths across both genders throughout the same period (1999 – 2018).




Note that the dashboard is highly interactive. To maximize your experience, please view in full-screen and use filters by year and city as well as highlight by city.

The Lebanese Phoenix

The Lebanese Phoenix

My morning dark coffee was mixed lately with the sorrowful news regarding the collapse of the Lebanese economy. People are losing their jobs, their purchasing power, and even their hope to rise again. I felt for a couple of times that we are powerless and it’s the time to accept that hope is only a way to package the melancholic truth.

In my attempt to find any light inside the deep dark hole that we are inside, I remembered the metaphor of Lebanese phoenix that I heard about during the 2006 July war. Phoenix is the bird who can arise from the aches according to Greek mythology. Beirut, the capital of the old country, like the phoenix, was rebuilt more than seven times according to legend.  So, to strengthen the glimpse of hope with actual reality, I searched for a recent stage where Lebanon was rising.  I surprised when I found that between 1950 and 1974, Lebanon was in a golden stage with a GPD per capita is greater than many developed counties nowadays!  So, my current concern becomes while drinking my morning coffee is how we can make the Lebanese phoenix rise again?

Note: I created this graph using tableau software based on the data from Maddison Project Database 2018.

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