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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 less than a silent revolution.…

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 whole thing stops to be…

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 are true. Among the findings:…

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 sexual relations with that woman."…

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, the stuff that all races…

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 about). The tough part is…

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 by Shan Carter. Copy and…

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 the next level, you should…

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 pay bank bills on a…

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 letter to the faculty confirming…

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 the weather is just about…

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 data from doctor to doctor,…

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 11.4 million opinions on what…

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 do everything they can in…

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 location, and details of an…

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 class taught by Jerzy Neyman.…

Open data doesn’t empower communities

internet.artizans reflects on the usefulness of open data: I'm inspired by the idea that nuggets of opened data could seed guerilla public services, plugging gaps left by government, but i…

Data and its impact on journalism

In regards to the UK's recent boom in open data, Simon Rogers of the Guardian, ponders data's role in journalism, and the opportunities this new found information could bring: The…

Egregious Citations Issued to BP

BP processes about 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, across six refineries in the United States. In total, 150 refineries in the United States process just under 18…

Data Science is catching on

Maybe there's something to this whole data science thing after all. Mike Loukides describes data science and where it's headed on O'Reilly Radar. It's a good read, but statisticians get…

Live webcast: Community Health Data Initiative

Health and Human Services (HHS) is about to announce the launch of their Community Health Data Initiative over in DC right now. The point is to make health data more…

Junk food equivalents of sugary drinks

Men's Health takes a look at America's most sugary drinks and their junk food equivalents. A Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (venti size) from Starbucks has the same…