Best of FlowingData – June 2011

We’re already more than halfway through the year. Time…moving…too…fast. Is there a pause button somewhere? In case you missed them, here are the most popular post from the last month:

  1. Largest data breaches of all time
  2. Organizational charts in major tech
  3. All roads lead to philosophy, on Wikipedia
  4. Most common iPhone passcodes
  5. Long-exposure air traffic
  6. Gender and time comparisons on Twitter
  7. Flowchart to decide if you should share that pic of your privates
  8. DataBot mouse makes larger files physically harder to move
  9. Anatomy of a computer virus explained
  10. Analysis of passwords in Sony security breach

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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.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

Marrying Age

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