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Games and Guns
August 12, 2019
Is there a connection between video games and gun violence, as Republicans suggest?
Data regarding gun deaths per capita comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Data regarding video game sales per capita comes from this Google Spreadsheet which was pulled from NewZoo, a gaming analytics company.
Merge and Clean Data
Next, we clean
games dataset so that
Country matches the
Location column from
There are 98 countries with full data present.
We should also create a dummy variable for each country depending on whether it is an OECD country or not.
This allows us to plot each country in a scatterplot, with point colour corresponding to OECD status:
Finally, we can focus on only OECD countries:
To conclude, let’s add an emoji to fully capture our skepticism with the newfound argument linking video games to violence.