In our continuing effort to research and analyze mining data, we have been busy this summer building up our modeling methodologies using the data visual method. In addition to analyzing mining companies and projects, data visualization can be helpful in analyzing individual factors such as jurisdictional and geopolitical risk. The following is an example of the possibilities available with this method of data analysis.
Every year the Fraser Institute surveys hundreds of executives and exploration managers in mining and mining consulting companies to assess how various risk factors effect their investment decisions throughout the world. This survey is made freely available and therefore often used as a tool to evaluate country risk. Noticing this year that the underlying data was available for download, we took the liberty of creating a user-friendly data visual tool using our data visualization tool Tableau. We hope that investors, brokers, analysts, hedge funds and other market participants will find this a more efficient and engaging screening tool than locating the risk factor of interest in the original 100+ page report.
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Everything should be pretty self-explanatory if you play around with the visual for a few minutes, but here are the basic filtering options:
- Select a region from the drop-down menu to zoom in at the country level. Note that the “state level” map will be blank for all regions besides North America, South America and Oceania because only certain state/provincial level data is collected by the Fraser Institute.
- Select a risk category from the drop-down menu.
- Select (left-click) a particular country or state/province. To revert back, just click a second time to clear the filter.
If you would like to zoom in on a particular area of the map, click and drag using the tool.
If the visual ever gets “stuck”, simply click on the icon to reset all filters.
We encourage readers to share this data visual. Perhaps in the future the Fraser Institute itself will decide to “augment” its report using this method.
Since you’ll probably be asking, yes it is still our intention in the near term to build various interactive comparative valuation models for exploration, development and production companies using Tableau. However, please understand that it’s a huge effort and besides the time involved reformatting and updating the existing database it will also require becoming proficient with the data software. As we create simpler visuals like the one shown above and our recent Timmins vs. Argonaut analysis, we are developing the necessary programming skills and learning the tricks to get the data singing and dancing how we like.