From the Forums: Challenges, Data, Questions

Posted to Forums  |  Nathan Yau

The FlowingData forums have been up for a few weeks now, and it’s been fun watching it slowly grow. Thanks to those who’ve joined the community and a big thank you to those who have helped the community develop by posting topics, questions, and data.

Some Recent Topics

Visualizing Comic Book Saleshijinx, a comic book retailer, uses data to decide how to stock his inventory. What books sellout in the first week? Which ones are sell at a slower rate, but for a longer period of time?

The Complex Venn Diagram Problem – Venn diagrams can be useful and intuitive, but once you have a need to show more than 3 categories, things start to get messy. JulianF wonders if there are any more creative options out there.

Do You Want My Personal Fluids (Data)?Tim collects data about himself like no other. He offers his data for all the drinks he’s consumed over the past 6 months. I’m sure someone can have some fun with that data.

Visualize Flight Delays. Win $1,000.Hadley posts details for Data Expo 2009. It’s 20 years and 12 gigabytes of flights in the United States. Can you make sense of it all? Keep an eye out here on FlowingData as I have some fun with this dataset in the coming weeks.

If you haven’t joined yet, why not join now? It’s free and ridiculously awesome.

Favorites

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard …

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

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.