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Get a coffee, give a coffee API

Jonathan Stark, a mobile application consultant, is running an interesting social experiment with his Starbucks card: Jonathan's Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency…

How algorithms shape our world

Kevin Slavin, chairman and co-founder of Area/Code, describes how algorithms (processing tons and tons of data) are intertwined with our day-to-day and how they will change our future. And the…

Statistics has a new name

Simon Rogers, for The Guardian, outlines the new, hot trend on the block data journalism. It's a good, quick bullet list for what it's all about. Rogers thinks back: Two…

Undergraduate grade inflation

It's a given that some colleges and programs give more A's than others, but according to data collected by Stuart Rojstaczer from about 230 schools, it seems that average GPAs…

Data Without Borders

Data is everywhere, but use of data is not. So many of our efforts are centered around making money or getting people to buy more things, and this is understandable;…

Most common iPhone passcodes

Some people use a passcode on their iPhones simply to prevent their kids from mucking around with it or accidentally calling the police. Others use it for actual security reasons…

Analysis of passwords in Sony security breach

A little over a week ago, Sony was hit yet again with another security breach — this time over one million passwords, that were stored in plain text, were released…

Pew Research raw survey data now available

The Pew Research churns out a lot of interesting results from a number of surveys about online and American culture, but they usually only shared aggregated results, pre-made charts and…

Open thread: Can you spot the wrongness in this tax graph?

The argument behind this graph in The Wall Street Journal is that the middle class has most of the money and ties into a larger argument about who should be…

Plush statistical distribution pillows

For the statistical nerd in you or for the child you are raising as one, Nausicaa Distribution on Etsy sells handmade gifts inspired by statistical distributions. Above shows the dastardly…

Charts about sex

OkCupid adds another report to their growing list of analyses on relationships. This time around, they look at sex and how ideas vary by demographic. The above graph shows per…

Map your location – that your iPhone secretly records

Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have found that the iPhone records cell tower access, and hence your location, in an easy-to-read file that is transferred as you switch devices.…

Recession and rise in antidepressant prescriptions

Over the past four years there was a 43 percent increase in prescriptions for antidepressants. Some news outlets attribute this rise to the recession. People more depressed equals more drugs.…

Thoughts on end of Data.gov

In a guest post for the guardian.co.uk Datablog, I thought out loud about the possible end of Data.gov and what it means for open government data. Let me know what…

Data.gov and other transparency sites to be shut down due to budget cuts

Last week, there were rumblings over the end of the Statistical Abstract, and I suggested that it was just a sign of changing technologies. I thought that Data.gov and similar…

Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don't get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot…

Think Quarterly from Google UK on data

“The problem isn’t that specialised companies lack the data they need, it’s that they don’t go and look for it, they don’t understand how to handle it.” —Hans Rosling, A…

The Like Log Study: Buzzwords and engagement

The Web is a game of pageviews, and outlets such as Twitter and Facebook are a way to rack up the counts. The more people who share your posts and…

Why sports statisticians should be more involved in games

Hot off the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sean Gregory argues for more "stats geeks" on the sidelines and in the huddle during the game. [S]itting next to your team's…

Test your Rock-Paper-Scissors strategy against the machine

We learned the strategy to win Rock-Paper-Scissors every time, but does it really work? For the New York Times, Gabriel Dance and Tom Jackson give you your chance: Computers mimic…

Lots of health data released via Health Indicators Warehouse

The government has been making a big push for more open health-related data, and a couple of weeks ago, they released a whole bunch of it with the launch of…

Best Picture vs. most popular – Oscar statistics

William Briggs and John Briggs examine the differences between movies that have won Best Picture and those that were top at the Box Office, based on money, gender, age, and…