Best of FlowingData – May 2010

Another great month of FlowingData. Thanks, everyone for the retweets, likes, stumbles, etc. Every share helps FD reach a wider audience, so I really appreciate it. For the new readers, or in case you missed them, here are the top posts of May, based on a combination of views, comments, and links:

  1. What America spends on food and drink
  2. Dreaming in numbers
  3. The Boom of Big Infographics
  4. Data Underload #21: Exit Strategy
  5. Facebook privacy options untangled
  6. Most influential people on Twitter – Cosmic 140
  7. BP tries to mislead you with graphs
  8. Field guide to fanboys
  9. Evolution of Facebook privacy policies
  10. Marge Simpson is Europe in disguise

From the Forums

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Favorites

Marrying Age

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

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.