U.S. News & World Report College Rankings are Now Available

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

The well-known college rankings are now available for your viewing pleasure. Whether the ranking system is legit or not, I’ll let you be the judge, but I think everyone should take note that UC Berkeley was again the number one ranked public national university and UCLA was ranked number three. Go Calee-forn-ee-ah! In a nutshell, here’s what U.S. News ranks the universities:

  • Peer Assessment – 25%
  • Retention – 20% in national universities and liberal arts colleges and 25% in master’s and baccalaureate colleges
  • Faculty Resources – 20%
  • Student Selectivity – 15%
  • Financial Resources – 10%
  • Graduate Rate Performance – 5%; only in national universities and liberal arts colleges
  • Alumni giving rate 5%

I wonder how much bias is in peer assessment.

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Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.