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Bayesian fantasy football 101

Because of course.

Weevmee: Your Instagram photos turned artistic images

Weevmee autogenrates a woven-like image, based on your Instagram photos. A lot of us are pretty into photographing our lives. …

Be a tennis line judge: Interactive tests your skills

Watch video clips from the judge’s point of view and try to make the call.

Immigrant America

A dot density map showing one dot for every 20 immigrants.

Lessons from the Student’s Dilemma, the extra credit version of the Prisoner’s

Dylan Selterman, a psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, presents the above problem—a variation of the Prisoner’s Dilemma—as extra …

8 years of dating as a chart

Robin We recollected her dating record over the past eight years.

Square mile grid-ness of the United States

Named after the grid system Thomas Jefferson used to apportion land acquired through the Louisiana purchase, the Jefferson Grid Instagram …

Minimum Wage Machine pays in pennies

Crank to earn a penny every 4.5 seconds.

Extracting NBA player movement data

There’s no direct download, but there is an API.

Live cyber attack map

Norse monitors cyber attacks in real-time. This is their map of what’s going on. (All I hear is pew, pew, …

I’m doing a Reddit AMA

I’m doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow hosted by the DataIsBeautiful subreddit. It’ll be at 1:30pm EST on August 27, 2015.

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Bar Chart Baselines Start at Zero

There are visualization rules and there are visualization suggestions. Most are suggestions. The ones that are rules exist because of how our brains process visual information. There’s just no getting around it.

The Statistical Atlas that Keeps On Going

I already revived the first Statistical Atlas of the United States from 1870 with modern data, but there’s still more data to look at. So I kept on going.

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.

Horizon Graphs, with a Food Pricing Example

The rarely used chart type for time series data is actually quite nice, once you get the hang of it. Although it does have its limitations.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Brewing Multivariate Beer

I was toying around with the idea of multivariate beer, where the ingredients varied by county demographics. Could I taste the difference? Here’s how the experiment went.

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How to Make Maps in R That Include Alaska and Hawaii

The conterminous United States always gets the attention, while Alaska and Hawaii are often left out. It is time to bring them back into view.

How to Map and Use GeoTIFF Files in R

It’s like working with a bunch of tiny dots, and oh look, all of sudden patterns emerge.

How to Make Horizon Graphs in R

The relatively new and lesser known time series visualization can be useful if you know what you’re looking at, and they take up a lot less space.

How to Make Variable Width Bar Charts in R

The code to create these bar chart variations is almost the same as if you were to make a standard bar chart. But make sure you get the math right.

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Bar Chart Baselines Start at Zero

There are visualization rules and there are visualization suggestions. Most are suggestions. The ones that are rules exist because of how our brains process visual information. There’s just no getting around it.

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.

Horizon Graphs, with a Food Pricing Example

The rarely used chart type for time series data is actually quite nice, once you get the hang of it. Although it does have its limitations.

How to Make Government Data Sites Better

Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you’ve done it, or at least tried to, you know the …