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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…

Million song dataset available for download

Need music data? Get all the data you want and more from the freely available million song dataset, offered by LabROSA at Columbia University and Echo Nest. There's lots of…

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 Real Time Congress API, a…

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 we have to deal with…

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 recent article for Wired, Venkatesh…

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, the best questions to ask…

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 scatcher lottery game. After winning…

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 Mao of Indiana University-Bloomington: "Measuring…