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Scientists Can Now Map Your Dreams to an Image

I thought this was a joke when I first read it, but scientists from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed software that can map…

Amazon Gets In On the Public Data Arena

It was really only a matter of time, but Amazon now hosts public data sets. Not small data sets though - more like the ones…

Guess What State Searches for ‘Poo’ the Most – StateStats

StateStats is like Google Insights but on a state level. Type in a search term and get Google search levels with correlations to certain "metrics"…

Neighborhood Boundaries with Flickr Shapefiles

Neighborhood Boundaries by Tom Taylor uses Flickr Shapefiles and Yahoo! Geoplanet "to show you where the world thinks its neighbors are." Yahoo! provides access to…

US Oil Doesn’t Come From Where You Think it Does

Where do you think the US imports the most oil from? Most of us would probably say somewhere in the Middle East, but Jon Udell…

New York Times Visualization Lab – Collaboration with Many Eyes

It was just a little over a week ago that The New York Times announced their Developer Network i.e. Campaign Finance API. Yesterday, they announced…

Playboy Playmate Curves and the State of the Economy

Terry Pettijohn and Brian Jungeberg of Mercyhurst College took a very close look at the curves, um, measurements of past Playboy Playmates of the Year…

Lexical Analysis of Presidential Debates and the Windbag Index

Martin Krzywinski, whose previous work includes Circos, digs deep into the presidential debate transcripts with tedious manual (or was it automatic?) annotation of words (noun/verb/adjective/adverb),…

Who’s Leading Whom? Predictive Markets Versus Polls

This is a guest post from Michael Drumheller, Dirk Karis, Raif Majeed and Robert Morton of Tableau Software. They use Tableau to explore the relationship…

New York Times Rolls Out Campaign Finance API

The New York Times announced the opening of their Developer Network a couple of days ago. It's their "API clearinghouse and community." It might seem…

3 Applications that Tap Into the Wisdom of Crowds

James Surowiecki writes in The Wisdom of Crowds that the group is smarter than the individual (under four conditions). Essentially, the premise is that if…

OneGeology Wants to Be Geological Equivalent of Google Maps

There's lots of free geographical data about what's going on at the surface of our planet. It's a different story for what going on underneath…

If You’re a Criminal on the Run, Don’t Use GPS

With all the new technologies we've come to rely on, it's easy to forget just how much data we're automatically logging on our own devices…

FlowingData Cited in Forbes Magazine?

Whaaa? Cool beans.…

What Do People Want to Do With Their Lives?

43 Things is a goal-setting community where people set goals, cheer each other on, and connect with others who are trying to achieve the same…

Our Non-ability to Misunderstand Statistics of Rare Events

Cory Doctorow from The Guardian writes about our inability to understand the statistics of rare events. We obsess so much over the near-impossible probability that…

Statistics is a Diverse Field With Different Paths of Study

It's a focused expertise, but statistcs can be applied to a broad range of fields that produce data.

U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 Statistical Abstract – Looking at America’s Data

The U.S. Census Bureau released their 2008 Statistical Abstract, the National Data Book, not too long ago (um, like in January). There are state rankings…

The Safest Seat to Sit In On a Plane is…

Popular Mechanics did a study on where it was safest to sit on an airplane based on all commercial jet crashes since 1971. Contrary to…

Why Did Andy Dufresne Escape from Shawshank?

To tell a complete and meaningful story, you need to have and provide all the context.

Data and Statistics For Human Rights

Patrick Ball, a human rights statistician, finds truth in numbers while analyzing and consulting to find patterns and uncover scale in crimes against humanity. The…

Atheist Statistics For 2008 – Do You Believe These?

This video shows statistics centered around atheism, claiming that atheism is correlated with a healthy society. I don't want to turn this into a religious…