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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)…

Instant electric bike and data collector

When you ride your bicycle around, I bet you always wish for two things. First: "I wish this was electric so that I didn't have…

Why context is as important as the data itself

John Allen Paulos, a math professor at Temple University, explains, in the New York Times, the importance of the before and after of when you…

Wait. Something isn’t right here…

No clue where this is from, but something seems sort of off, no? I guess we should take the title literally. By the numbers... only. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt though, and assume this was just an honest mistake. Here's my guess about what happened.

Write your own TED talk with lies, damned lies and statistics

Sebastian Wernicke, an engagement manager at Oliver Wyman and former bioinformatics researcher, explains the results from his pseudo-analysis of TED talks. The result: a guide on how to give the ultimate TED talk.

How open data saved $3.2 billion

This is a story of fake charities and tax shelters. In an analysis of data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), it was found that billions of dollars in donations were collected by fraudulent organizations, with only a tiny portion going to the actual causes. In one case, only $1 out of every $100 went to helping the homeless. The rest of the money went to a tax shelter. Shameful.

How men and women label colors

Along the same lines of Dolores Labs' color experiment, Randall Munroe of xkcd reveals the results of his color survey. He took a slightly different…

Twitter data buffet is back in business

Almost a year and a half ago, Infochimps, the data repository slash marketplace, released a giant scrape of Twitter data representing 2.7 million users, 10…

R is an ‘epic fail’ – or how to make statisticians mad

Statisticians are mad and out for blood. Someone called R an epic fail and said it wasn't the next big thing. I know that R…

World data released ‘is a dream come true’

In another step towards open data and all that jazz, the World Bank released World Development Indicators 2010 today, which is meant to serve as…

TransparencyData makes campaign finance data easier to access

Anyone who's looked at campaign finance data knows it can get messy really quick (especially if you're getting it directly from the FEC). Sunlight Labs'…

Twitter predicts the future?

A recent study [pdf] by Sitaram Asur and Bernardo A. Huberman at HP Labs found that it's possible to use Twitter chatter to predict first-weekend…

IBM data propaganda – babies and old guys with glasses

IBM has been spreading the whole "smarter planet" spiel for a while now, but in the past few days, they've revealed the punchline. It's data.…

Buy and sell data at Data Marketplace

Add another site to the list of places to find the data you need. Data Marketplace connects people who want data to people who can…

Tim Berners-Lee with an update on open data

If people put data on the Web - government data, scientific data, community data - whatever it is, it will be used by other people…

Is Jeff Bridges most likely to win best actor?

There's this article on CNN, from The Frisky, that has this little theory about who is most likely to win the Oscar for best actor:…

Think like a statistician – without the math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I'm a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I've learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Spirit of graph and dance is alive

A good portion of my time in high school was spent trying to get into college. The rest of the time I was trying to…

Get a Date With Your Online Profile Pic – Myths Debunked

The online dating world can be a confusing place. How do you interact with others? Who should contact? What should you say about yourself? There…

Data.gov.uk versus Data.gov – Which wins?

Back in May last year, the US government launched Data.gov as a statement of transparency, and the Internet rejoiced. After the launch, excitement kind of…

Understanding risk – play it safe or eat a bacon sandwich?

David Spiegelhalter is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. He studies the choices we make, and how those choices can…

Data.gov.uk Gearing Up For Launch, er, Does Launch

Update: I had scheduled this post for next week, but apparently, Data.gov.uk launched today. The site isn't loading for me right now though. I guess…
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