Mass shootings count – Depends on your definition

mass shootingsWith recent events, you’ve likely seen the articles and graphics that get into the number of mass shootings this year and further into the past. You might have noticed that the numbers seem to vary depending on where you look, and the difference likely stems from how “mass shooting” is defined by the author.

Kevin Schaul for the Washington Post provides a straightforward interactive that uses a shootings dataset from Reddit, but shows how the count quickly changes depending on how your definition.


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.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

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.