Best of FlowingData – October 2011

Another month, another crazy circular discussion on the chances of answering a question correctly. Thanks again for sharing and tweeting. Always appreciated.

  1. Best statistics question ever
  2. Where people don’t use Facebook
  3. The Venn Piagram
  4. Bible sentiment analysis
  5. Language communities of Twitter
  6. #thankyousteve
  7. All numbers lead to one
  8. Kill Math makes math more meaningful
  9. Nobel laureates by country and prize
  10. Venn diagram: Platypus playing a keytar

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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.

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.

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.