A collection of small datasets

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

Sometimes you need data, any data, to test or mess around with. Sometimes you just want to make weird crap. Corpora is a collection of small datasets that might suit your needs.

This project is a collection of static corpora (plural of “corpus”) that are potentially useful in the creation of weird internet stuff. I’ve found that, as a creator, sometimes I am making something that needs access to a lot of adjectives, but not necessarily every adjective in the English language. So for the last year I’ve been copy/pasting an adjs.json file from project to project. This is kind of awful, so I’m hoping that this project will at least help me keep everything in one place.

Some of the sets: animals, colors, corporations, and foods.

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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.

The Changing American Diet

See what we ate on an average day, for the past several decades.

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.