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.


Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

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.

Marrying Age

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

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.