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Sunlight Labs opens up Real Time Congress API

Sunlight Labs continues its work for a more open government with its recent release of the Real Time Congress API. Today we're making available the…

A close look at troll comments versus real ones

There's something very strange about the anonymity of the Web that brings out the worst in some people. I don't get it, but it's something…

How tech tools have changed today’s prostitution business

Sudhir Venkatesh, a professor of sociology at Columbia University, along with his students, has been studying the sex work industry since the 1990s. In a…

OkCupid: Best questions to ask on a first date

OkCupid continues their analysis on the mysteries of the dating world, this time on the best questions to ask on a first date, or rather,…

Statistician cracks the scratch lottery code

Statisticians everywhere are squealing in delight over this story on fellow statistician Mohan Srivastava, who used his know-how to crack the code of a tic-tac-toe…

Stock market predictions with Twitter

Apparently moods on Twitter can be used to predict the ups and downs of the stock market, according to work from Johan Bollen and Huina…

Predicting crime before it happens

Christopher Beam for Slate explains research being done at UCLA in collaboration with the LAPD on predictive policing: Predictive policing is based on the idea…

Find more of the data you need with DataMarket

Add another online destination to find the data that you need. DataMarket launched back in May with Icelandic data, but just a few days ago…

Open thread: Charts during the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address yesterday, and this year it was "enhanced" by charts and graphs. Basically, as Obama spoke,…

Tracking space garbage with Space Fence

Lockheed Martin's Space Fence, expected to be in initial operation in 2015, will track the junk floating in space: Space Fence is envisioned as a…

A guide for scraping data

Data is rarely in the format you want it. Dan Nguyen, for ProPublica, provides a thorough guide on how to scrape data from Flash, HTML,…

The Joy of Stats available in its entirety

The Joy of Stats, hosted by Hans Rosling, is now viewable in its entirety (video below): Hans Rosling says there‚Äôs nothing boring about stats, and…

Why the other lines always seem to move faster than yours

Why does it almost always seem like you're in the slow line at the grocery store or in the driving lane with the most cars…

Right versus wrong bubble size

I was going to post this graphic from Good when it came out, but decided not to. I made the same mistake when I first…

Data analysis is the future of journalism

Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the Web, says analyzing data is the future of journalism: "Journalists need to be data-savvy. It used to be that…

Jon Stewart explains Wikileaks’ Cablegate

You've probably already heard and read about Wikileaks' Cablegate. If not, Andy Baio has a fine roundup with significant coverage and events to get you…

The Joy of Stats with Hans Rosling

The Joy of Stats, a one-hour documentary, hosted by none other than the charismatic Hans Rosling, explores the growing importance of statistics: [W]ithout statistics we…

How do people use Firefox?

Mozilla Labs just released a bunch of anonymized browsing data for their open data visualization competition: This competition is based on Mozilla's own open data…

Statistics vs. Stories

Professor of Mathematics at Temple University, John Allen Paulos describes the differences between statistics and stories: [T]here is a tension between stories and statistics, and…

R is the need-to-know stat software

This Forbes post on the greatness that is R is being passed around by every statistician and his mother today. It's not that this type…

Making recalls and market withdrawals more accessible

Last week I found out that the FDA has a feed for all product recalls and market withdrawals since 2009 and an RSS feed with…

Simple analysis makes Expedia extra $12m

There was a problem on Expedia where a lot of people were choosing their itinerary, entering their information and then dropping off after they clicked…