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National Debt: US v. Canada v. UK (normalized)

  • Created by: Rob Nickerson
  • Latest result: Plot created
  • Created on: 19 Jan 2012
  • Liked: 10 times

This seals the deal... I'm moving north.

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% time1497 and data1497 available for use
% for UK National Debt (per person)
% plot(time1223,100*data1223/data1223(1),'o-')
hold all
plot(time1218,100*data1218/data1218(1),'o-')
plot(time1219,100*data1219/data1219(1),'o-')
plot(time1497,100*data1497/data1497(1),'o-')
hold off
datetick
title('National Debt Per Person - US v. Canada v. UK')
ylabel('Amount')
legend({'United States', 'Canada','UK'},...
'Location','West')
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5 comments

Themba about 2 years ago

I am sold. I am following you...up to Canada.

Rick Rosson about 2 years ago

Just curious, how does GDP per person compare between the two countries?

AJP almost 2 years ago

My immediate reaction to this is not "Wow look at US debt!" - it is the fine detail of the US data. Although the profiles for the UK and Canada look "flat" is this just because the US reports with more fidelity? It looks like the UK data is fixed to 0.25% increments.

In my experience, the USA is way ahead of the UK when it comes to making data public. In Europe, only the Scandinavian nations rival the US in this area. So take that as a positive at least, MATLAB users of the USA!

Matt Rhodes over 1 year ago

With the granularity given by the US data, any idea what the jumps/drops can be attributed to?

If anything significant, would be cool to drop the annotations on the plot too. In particular, roundabouts where it starts back in Feb, again in May, the up and down again in Jun, then the upward shift in July.

Also, since everyone is focused on cutting spending, maybe some of the major inflection points for spending rates... If you dont get to it anytime soon, maybe i'll do some modified versions of the plot after my move. :-)

Matt Rhodes over 1 year ago

So, it also just occured to me, that yes the data is normalized... but it was still collected in the respective currencies of the countries in question. And each trend is only normalized to its first data point... In fact, might be more interesting to see the actual numbers, translated to a common monetary unit.

Will have to collect the data with respect to a common unit, based upon each day's exchange rate. Also, it would be interesting to see another with just the current exchange rate. With roughly $1.6 USD per british lb, this picture, visually, should look a little different than it does.