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Pomona in 47 Charts

DATA-DAYDREAMER ELISABETH FOSSLIEN '09 SHOWS HER SENSE OF HUMOR IN HISTOGRAMS AND REVEALS HER HEART VIA BUBBLE CHARTS...

A mathematical economics major at Pomona and ad-agency analytics whiz in the real world, Elisabeth Fosslien ’09 spends her free time cooking up tart little pie charts on topics ranging from Chicago crime to getting a job to “14 ways an economist says I love you,” which drew praise from The Economist magazine, one of many nods she has earned for her minimalist musings. To no surprise, it was her online ode to her alma mater, “Pomona in 47 Charts,” that caught our eye. The facts, figures and feelings behind them are her own, derived from her perceptions of Pomona, but even if your data set is different, we think you’ll still find some laughs in her graphs.