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A little more information on this simple simulation is at the Nowhere Near Ithaca blog.
In addition to becoming more familiar with the d3 library, one of my main goals with this visualization was to simply get a feel for the qualitative rhythm of births and deaths in the U.S. There are fancier ways of approaching this simulation; for example, use state/county/demographic-specific rates, or estimate the cause of death for each occurrence based on available data from the US Census or other mortality tables freely available.
A few tips:
This visualization was put together using:
The general approach in the simulation is as follows:
B.F. Lyon
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Summary of Religion Data Being Used
(see the "About" for data sources and assumptions)