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Data Visualization is Only Part of the Answer to Big Data

How can we now cope with a large amount of data and still do a thorough job of analysis so that we don't miss the Nobel Prize? — Bill Cleveland,…

What’s Wrong With this Financial Bubble Chart?

If there's anything good that has come out of America's financial crisis, it's the interesting and high-quality infographics. This isn't one of them. Below is an ill-conceived bubble chart from…

Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian on Statistics and Data

I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers would've been the sexy job…

Obama Launches Recovery.gov – Your $787 billion at Work

The Barack Obama administration is clearly making an effort to get information out to the public. We saw the plan to distribute billions of dollars to help our economy. Obama…

Fail: Area Circles on Wall Street

I know next to nothing about the economy, stocks, and investments, but I do know a little bit about charts and graphs. The above area circles were prepared by someone…

Open Thread: Is Google Latitude Dangerous?

Google recently released Google Latitude, which is an online application that lets you share your location with online friends: Of course when any application shares where you are at any…

Sensors in Footballs – Was the Pass Good?

Graduate student researchers are pretty much putting sensors in everything these days. There's always more data to collect and more information to gather. Computer engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University…

All You Can Eat at the Twitter Data Buffet

Philip from infochimps posts the results of some heavy Twitter scraping. Data for 2.7 million users, 10 million tweets, and 58 million edges (i.e. connections between users) to satisfy your…

Do You Hate Statistics as Much as Everyone Else?

Photo by Darwin Bell It happened again. I told someone I study statistics. He told me that he hated statistics in college. It doesn't annoy me like it used to…

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 brain activity to an image.…

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 in between 1 gigabyte and…

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" like obesity or support for…

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 the Where on Earth (WOE)…

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 does some number crunching and…

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 something more - the Visualization…

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 in relation to the state…

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), Wordle, and his custom metric…

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 between polls and predictive markets.…

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 kind of weird that a…

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 you get enough different people…

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 though. OneGeology aims to be…

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 or some central server in…