Best of FlowingData – May 2011

I wish there was a way to slow down time. Another month whirled by just like that. In case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from the past month. Thanks again for sharing, tweeting, and liking. Every bit helps this little blog of mine reach a larger audience.

  1. Flash vs. HTML5
  2. Seven year itch: When do people get married and divorced?
  3. Plush statistical distribution pillows
  4. How to map connections with great circles
  5. Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less
  6. MacGyver recipe book – All 7 seasons of diversions and mischief
  7. Geography of hate
  8. A century of deaths and a lot of fake blood
  9. Why you shouldn’t eat farmed fish – a graphical explanation
  10. Better Life Index measures well-being across countries

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Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

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 …

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.

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.