Finding the biggest busts and steals from NBA drafts past

Picking basketball players for a professional team is no easy task. College and high school players picked high in the draft might end up average in the NBA, and those picked low might actually be fine professional players. Russell Goldenberg for Polygraph dives into 20 years of NBA draft picks to find the biggest busts, the biggest steals, and convergence to the mean.

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Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

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.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard …

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.