Data was compiled and published by Owen Shen, tallying comparisons between the share of deaths, google searches and media coverage across a range of causes of death.
This includes the top 10 largest causes of mortality, as well as terrorism, overdoses, and homicides (the three additional causes of death which get significant media coverage). These are normalised to be given as deaths, Google searches and media coverage as a share of the total reported across these 13 causes (which does not mean the share of deaths or coverage of all causes of death).
The values given represent their relative share, rather than absolute counts. This allows for comparison of the proportionality in representation across different sources.
Mortality data was sourced from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://wonder.cdc.gov/
Google searches from Google Trends: https://github.com/GeneralMills/pytrends
The Guardian's article database: http://open-platform.theguardian.com/
The New York Times' database: https://developer.nytimes.com/