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Useless Data Comparisons

Apples and oranges situations where the comparisons make no sense.

How far you can drive out of the city in one hour

Using anonymized cell phone data from Here Technologies, Sahil Chinoy for The Washington Post mapped how far you can drive …

Game of Thrones character chart, you decide

I’ve never seen this Game of Thrones show, but I suspect this will be relevant to many. The Upshot made …

Bread bag alignment chart

From @aurelianrabbit, the bread bag alignment chart. Lawful neutral, right here.

Where North Korea can reach with its missiles

Troy Griggs and Karen Yourish for The New York Times mapped the estimated range of North Korea’s current missiles. They …

Machine learning to find spy planes

Last year, BuzzFeed News went looking for surveillance flight paths from the FBI and Homeland Security. Peter Aldhous describes how …

Perception of neighborhoods through Airbnb ratings

BeƱat Arregi made a series of Airbnb maps with a simple premise. If you look at the average ratings for …

Calculating the opposite of your job

Here’s a fun calculation from The Upshot. The Labor Department keeps detailed and at times delightfully odd records on the …

14 months of sleep and breast feeding

If you’re a parent, you’ll relate to this right away. The wife of reddit user jitney86 tracked when their infant …

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How to Make a State Grid Map in R

Something of a cross between a reference table and a map, the state grid provides equal space to each state and a semblance of the country to quickly pick out individual states.

How Airbnb Visitors Rate Location in Major US Cities

This is how Airbnb visitors judge location, which provides a view into where city centers begin and end.

Working on Tips, by State

What percentage of a waiter and waitress’s income comes from tips and what comes from salary? The calculation isn’t straightforward but we can try.

Divorce and Occupation

Some jobs tend towards higher divorce rates. Some towards lower. Salary also probably plays a role.

Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer

Using a century of data, we watch the shift of marital status in the United States.

Summary Statistics Tell You Little About the Big Picture

Mean, median, and mode. These are the first things you learn about in your introductory statistics course. It’s often all …

Alone Time

It’s harder to make friends as you get older. There aren’t as many (forced) opportunities to find them and we …

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How to Make a State Grid Map in R

Something of a cross between a reference table and a map, the state grid provides equal space to each state and a semblance of the country to quickly pick out individual states.

How to Make Animated Line Charts in R

Sometimes it’s useful to animate the multiple lines instead of showing them all at once.

How to Make a Multi-line Step Chart in R

For the times your data represents immediate changes in value.

Symbols-based Charts to Show Counts in R

Add visual weight by using individual items to show counts.

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Useless Data Comparisons

Apples and oranges situations where the comparisons make no sense.

Summary Statistics Tell You Little About the Big Picture

Mean, median, and mode. These are the first things you learn about in your introductory statistics course. It’s often all …

How Histograms Work

The histogram is one of my favorite basic chart types, because it lets you quickly see the shape and distribution …

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.