StatPlanet's choropleth (or color-coded) maps are designed to enhance the visualization of information. The map legend shows which map colors are associated with each data range (for example, higher values may be shaded in increasingly darker colors). Both the map colors and the data range can be customized (see map legend below). Click on "more" for details.

How to select a country: There are two ways to select a country on the map:

  • Mouse: Moving the mouse over a country on the world map brings up a small popup containing information about that particular country for the selected indicator (as well as the bookmarked indicator, if there is one). In addition, the country data for all indicators in the current category is shown in the indicators window.
  • Click: You can select a country by clicking on it in the map. This will highlight the country in the graph, and can also be used to define a custom region.

How to read and personalize the map legend:

Map Colors: Clicking on any of the colors in the legend will bring up a color selection window. In this window, you can change both the colors (either sequential or diverging color schemes), as well as the number of color classes (between 3 and 9). The color schemes are from the Color Brewer website, an excellent resource for more information on selecting map colors.

Data range: To adjust the data range of the map legend, click on the top or bottom value. Use the popup to increment or decrement this value, or enter a new value. The intermediate values will adjust automatically.

How to create a proportional symbol map: A proportional symbol map scales symbols (usually circles) according to the indicator being mapped. In Statplanet, the symbol can represent either a country or a region within a country. To create one, click the 'proportional symbol map' button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The proportional symbol map is overlaid on top of the choropleth map. If you have bookmarked an indicator, the symbol map represents the data for the bookmarked indicator, whereas the choropleth map represents the data for the selected indicator. (If the bookmarked indicator is selected, both the symbol map and the choropleth map represent the bookmarked indicator).

How to save a map: You can find the save map button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. To change the image type, size or quality, use the options window. (This feature is only available on StatPlanet's online version.)

How to Use the map navigation controls: The map zoom controls are normally hidden from view. Move the mouse towards the bottom right of the screen to make them appear. They include:

  • Zoom: You can zoom in and out of the map using the 'zoom in' and 'zoom out' buttons, or by dragging the zoom slider up or down. You can also use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
  • Moving the map: Click on and drag the map with the mouse to move it to a new position.
  • Restore map position: The button on the left restores the map to the default coordinates for the selected region.
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