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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…