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Troubling pick for Census Bureau deputy director

The administration’s current pick for deputy director of the United States Census Bureau is Thomas Brunell. He is a political …

Global cycling and running heatmap

A few years back, cycling and running app Strava mapped the paths of its users. Now with a lot more …

Scrollama.js, a JavaScript library for scrollytelling

Russell Goldenberg released Scrollama.js in an effort to make scrollytelling more straightforward to implement. Scrollytelling can be complicated to implement …

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Getting Started with Network Graphs in R

Add the vertices. Connect them with edges. Repeat as necessary.

Based on your morals, a debate with a computer to expose you to other points of view

Collective Debate from the MIT Media Lab gauges your moral compass with a survey and then tries to “debate” with …

Every tax cut and increase in House Republicans’ bill

The House Republicans will vote on a tax bill soon that adds about $1.4 trillion to the federal debt. Alicia …

How generative music works

Generative music comes from the design of a system that produces notes that follow a set of rules. Tero Parviainen …

3-D tube chart of global CO2 concentration and temperature

Because you can never have enough time series charts that show increases of CO2 and temperature over decades. By Kevin …

Looking for patterns and structures from the sky

Photographer Bernhard Lang takes pictures in small planes and helicopters, pointing his camera towards the ground. In the ongoing project …

A daily high-resolution image of Earth

Planet monitors Earth with hundreds of satellites, and after six years, they’ve built out their pipeline to piece together a …

Switching Jobs

When people move to different jobs, here’s where they go.

Percentage of People Who Married, Given Your Age

Or, given your age, the percentage of fish left in the sea. Here’s a chart.

American Daily Routine

Sleep. Work. Play. The times and everything in between change depending on who you talk to.

In 2017, No More than Five Days Without a Mass Shooting

Unfortunately, while of varying magnitude, mass shootings are somewhat regular in the United States.

Who Earns More Income in American Households?

Compared to 1970, a shift towards women making the higher income.

Most Female and Male Occupations Since 1950

The shifting majorities of the sexes in the workplace.

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Getting Started with Network Graphs in R

Add the vertices. Connect them with edges. Repeat as necessary.

How to Make (and Animate) a Circular Time Series Plot in R

Also known as a polar plot, it is usually not the better option over a standard line chart, but in select cases the method can be useful to show cyclical patterns.

How to Make a Semicircle Plot in R

It’s the half cousin of the bubble plot with less overlap and more straight edges.

How I Made That: Interactive Beeswarm Chart to Compare Distributions

The histogram is my favorite chart type, but it’s unintuitive for many. So I’ve been using the less accurate but less abstract beeswarm.

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4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors

These are the quick and simple tools I use to pick colors to represent data.

Falling is Learning

I’ve been teaching my three-year-old son how to ride his bike on two wheels. When I first took off the …

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 …