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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…

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 that some crime is random—but…

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 relaunched with data of the…

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, graphics that you could equate…

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 network of ground-based S-band radars…

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, and PDF. [via @JanWillemTulp]…

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’s nothing boring about stats, and then goes on to prove…

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 on the freeway? Bill "Engineer…

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 started out. It was another…

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 you would get stories by…

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 caught up quick. Alternatively, 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 are cast adrift on an…

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 program, Test Pilot. Test Pilot…

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 one under-appreciated contrast between them…

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 of analysis wasn't possible before…

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 details. I did a quick…

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 on the Buy Now button.…

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 use statistical concepts for lyrics.…