Posted to

Statistics

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…

Reflecting on Life After Statistics – R.I.P. Minghui Yu

Rachel, one of the organizers of Columbia's Life After Statistics, reflects on lessons learned from the conference and gives respects to a fellow statistician who…

What Can You Do With a Degree In Statistics? – A Follow Up

This past Friday, Columbia University stat graduate students hosted a symposium on careers for students in statistics. Kenneth Shirley, a stat post doc, was nice…

World Internet City-to-City Connections and Density Maps

Chris Harrison put together a series of Internet maps that show how cities are interconnected by router configuration. Similar to Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns, Chris…

Translating Data Into Information that Changes Us

Wondering what statistics is for? This is what. Data are a whole lot of meaningful patterns. We can generate data indefinitely, we can exchange data…

What Are You Going to Do With Your PhD in Statistics?

Statistics graduate students at Columbia University are hosting a symposium on careers for PhDs in statistics. Current confirmed speakers include industry statisticians at Google, AT&T…

Data is Going to Change How and Where You Drive – Dash GPS Navigation

Dash, an Internet-connected GPS device, is going to change the way you drive by making use of traffic data. Where does the data come from?…

Six Years of Piracy Data Available for Download – Shiver Me Timbers

I stumbled across this dataset covering piracy of Oscar-nominated films over the last 6 years and a short analysis. Despite the Academy's efforts to crack…