In their article they create a multi-panel display (similar to a dashboard) where they compare the index for several countries using a map, a scatter plot, and a bar chart. I decided to see if I could recreate their graphs with SAS, and maybe make a few improvements.
In the SAS map, my main improvements were to the legend -- moving it closer to the map, adding extra descriptive text, and sorting/stacking it in a more intuitive order:
For the scatter plot, I shaded the plot markers the same as the countries in the map, and I labeled the countries with the highest/lowest/outlier values. Note that Venezuela (which is near the top/left of my scatter plot) is missing from the original scatter plot.
Here is a link to my complete SAS graph, with all three charts (map, scatter, and bar chart) on the same page, and mouse-over text for the countries, plot markers, and bars, so you can easily see the country names and data values.
- What other items do you think would make interesting indexes to compare different countries or regions?
- How else might you analyze or graph this type of data in SAS?