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Virtual Slot Machine Teaches the Logic of Loss

This interactive by Las Vegas Sun describes how in the long run, you're going to lose every single penny when you throw your hard-earned money…

Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.

What? I don't see anything wrong with it. Alright, alright, so it's local news, but still, come on. I wonder if the newscaster even bats…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Watch the Stories Unfold (Updated)

Interaction designer Christian Swinehart takes a careful look at the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s. We saw something like this before,…

Class Size and SAT Scores By State

Are there any differences in student performance between schools with small classes (as in students per teacher) and those with large classes? The natural response…

Unemployment, 2004 to Present – The Country is Bleeding

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the most recent unemployment numbers last week. Things aren't looking good for the unemployed, I'm afraid. I showed my…

Target Store Openings Since the First in 1962 – Data Now Available

FlowingData readers who have been around for a while will remember I made a map early this year that showed the growth of Target stores…

NYC BigApps Competition – $20k In Prize Money

It's exciting times for data heads. The launch of Data.gov back in May got things jump started; San Francisco recently announced DataSF; and now New…

30 Resources to Find the Data You Need

Let's say you have this idea for a visualization or application, or you're just curious about some trend. But you have a problem. You can't…

Share and Sell Data with Infochimps (100 Invites)

There's a lot of data on the Web, but it's all very scattered. At the same time, there's a lot of data sitting on people's…

Online Dating Service Analyzes Intro Messages – How to Get a Response

Online dating can be tricky. What do you say? How do you reply to people? What should you put in your profile? Should you use…

What Cell Phone Provider is Best For You?

Picking a cell phone plan is confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Providers purposely make it that way, so you don't see all that…

Low Income Hinders College Attendance, Even for Top Students

What if you were a good student but knew you weren't going to be able to go to college? I was fortunate enough for most…

Data is the New Hot, Drop-dead Gorgeous Field

We all know this already, but it's nice to get some backing from The New York Times every now and then. In this NYT article,…

IT Dashboard and Data from USAspending.gov

Taking another step towards data transparency, the US government provides the IT dashboard via USAspending.gov: The IT Dashboard provides the public with an online window…

Taking a Closer Look at Airplane-Bird Collisions

While we're on the subject of flight, ever since that plane landed in the Hudson River a few months ago, the thought of bird-airplane collisions…

Explore World Data with Factbook eXplorer from OECD

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) makes a lot of world indicators available (e.g. world population and birth rate). Much of it goes…

The Devil is in the Digits?

Photo by Leo Reynolds Undoubtedly you've been seeing a lot of headlines about the stuff going on in Iran. If you haven't, you must…

The Current State of Social Data

Check out my guest post on The Guardian's Data Blog on the current state of social data applications. There are what seems like a ton…

Poll: Will Data Always Be Just For Geeks?

Photo by penmachine I threw out a random thought a couple of months back. I tweeted, "Remember when computers used to be just for…

Rise of the Data Scientist

Photo by majamarko As we've all read by now, Google's chief economist Hal Varian commented in January that the next sexy job in the…

What’s Wrong With this Graphic on the Future of Information?

This graphic on the history and future of information has been making the rounds. Several people sent it to me a while back, but it…

Data.gov is Live – Get Your Data While it’s Hot

Big news. Data.gov is now live. Government data is at your fingertips. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine…
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