Fun Data Visualization Predicts When You're Going to Die

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It’s a morbid question but one that we humans tend to obsess over: When am I going to die? Only a highly trained Seer can give you a firm answer, but if you want cold hard statistics, we Muggles have that bit covered.

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Flowing Data recently produced an enlightening interactive graphic that pulls numbers from the Social Security Administration to predict how many years you’ve got left. Each drop of a dot simulates one possible fate for a person of a given age and gender. The dots add up to create a histogram, which tells you about the probability you’ll stay on this Earth another 5, 10 or 50 years.

Of course, this is a massive oversimplification that fails to acknowledge a variety of factors which could impact your lifespan — for instance your line of work, diet and lifestyle. And remember, this tool draws on US demographic data, but lifespans vary dramatically across the world.

Knowing all this, I couldn’t help but take a peek at my own future:

While I’ve got a decent chance of hanging on another fifty years or so, something about the emotionless reality of probability distributions has convinced me that I ought to be off hiking the Andes, learning to fly planes, or having other interesting life experiences — just in case I end up in that 1% bin. Check out when you’re (maybe) going to die over at Flowing Data.

[Flowing Data]


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