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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…

Stat concepts to the tune of Gershwin

Stat people will probably find this amusing. For the rest, this might make your head explode. Gurdeep Stephens and Michael Greenacre perform classic songs but…

Opportunities in Government 2.0

Vivek Wadhwa talks government data and the (financial) opportunities ripe for the picking: What is happening with the opening up of government data is nothing…

A different analytical wall

In reference to the wall between reporting data and understanding it, Martin Theus proposes a different one: Once you start to explore the data, the…

OkCupid explores gay and straight stereotypes

Online dating site OkCupid dives into their data for 3.2 million users again, this time to explore gay and straight stereotypes. Many are false. Some…

The simple truth about statistics

Matt Parker explains why no one should be fooled by a misuse of statistics just like no one was fooled by "I did not have…

The real stuff white people like

Online dating site OkCupid continues their run of amusing yet thorough analysis of their users. This time: the real stuff white people like. Well actually,…

Various ways to rate a college

There are a bunch of college ratings out there to help students decide what college to apply to (and give something for alumni to gloat…

Simple data converter from Excel

If you've ever created an interactive graphic or anything else that requires that you feed in data, you will love this barebones data conversion tool…

Statistical literacy guides for the basics

You can get pretty far with data graphics with just limited statistical knowledge, but if you want to take your skills, resume, and portfolio to…

How people use private browsing

Private browsing. All the modern browsers have it. Turn it on, and the browser won't keep your history during the session. Sometimes it's used to…

Harvard scientist found guilty of misconduct

Shady research from Harvard scientist Marc Hauser is confirmed: On Friday, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Harvard faculty of arts and sciences, issued a…

How weather data became open data

Weather in the private sector is over a $1.5 billion industry, and it's largely because of the government's open weather data. You can find what…

How data will improve health care

My wife is an ER doc, so I hear about this sort of stuff all the time. Hospitals are going all-digital, and the exchange of…

iPhone users are more promiscuous

I should just automatically bring the OkTrends feed into FlowingData. In their never-ending quest to understand humankind, the group from online dating site OkCupid analyzes…

Lies people tell in online dating

Online dating site OkCupid continues with amusing yet thorough analysis of their 1.51 million users. This time around, they cover the lies people tell: People…

Afghanistan war logs revealed and mapped

This past Sunday, well-known whistle-blower site Wikileaks released over 91,000 secret US military reports, covering the war in Afghanistan. Each report contains the time, geographic…

Tardiness solves statistics theorems

Yeah, you read that right. Tardiness makes the world go 'round: One day in 1939, Berkeley doctoral candidate George Dantzig arrived late for a statistics…