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Transcript Analyzer for Republican Debate

The New York Times recently put up a cool data exploration tool to sift through the transcript of the most recent Republican debate. They call…

Sharing Personal Data to Push Social Data Analysis

I'm staying in a hostel here in Madrid and am currently in the "Internet Room." I'm on my laptop, but there are six desktop computers…

Fast Food Restaurant Menu Items Compared

We all know fast food is incredibly bad for us and yet we still eat it. Why? Because it has tons of fat and tastes…

100 Reasons You Should Be Interested in, Want to Share, and Get Excited About Data

When I talk about data, people often zone out or don't really see the interest. Why does this happen? People just don't understand the wonder…

All Linkin Park Songs Look the Same? Maybe Not.

On Last.fm, someone took snapshots of some Linkin Park songs, compared them, and concluded that all Linkin Park songs look are the same. I…

Access Restrictions on the Release of Gun Sales Data

I just found this in my draft folder from a while back. It's kind of old news, but I think it's still worth mentioning. Gun…

New Journal: Technology Innovations in Statistics Education

Technology Innovations in Statistics Education (TISE) is a new e-journal that was just announced yesterday. The use of technology (e.g. data visualization) has become extremely…

Education Statistics Free, Available, and Waiting for You

Raw, fine-grain data is still a bit hard to come by. Summary statistics (i.e. data that came from some analysis), on the other hand, are…

New York Mets Not Looking So Good

I've never really been interested in baseball. I've always been more of a basketball and football fan. However, my summer roommate was a die…

Misleading Map of Buffalo Snow

I saw this map of the average snow levels in Buffalo. I think I just glanced at it and that was about it. When you…

A Repetitive Hate for Statistics

When I tell people that I'm a graduate student in Statistics, there are two responses that I get more than any others. The most popular…

Published Data and Results Not Always Legit

In a previous life, I thought anything published in an academic journal was legit, but as a stat student, the story is quite the opposite.…

Second Day of New York Taxi Strikes

As the second day of the New York taxi strike begins over GPS and credit card technology, I'm left wondering what taxi drivers are making…

360 Variables Describing the United States

Order From Randomness has an extensive data collection featuring 360 variables describing all 50 states. The indicators are placed in 25 groups including birth…

Decline of U.S. Men’s Tennis

With more Many Eyes fun, Aron Pilhofer put in part 2 of his original post. I was pleased to see the first post get 56…

Exploring Twitter with Blocks

On their new exploration section, Twitter blocks is available for viewing and use. The viz is in Flash and is supposed to allow you to…

Breaking Up the Face into Elements

I'm not even going to pretend I know anything about how Statistics and vision go together. That's not to say that they don't go together,…

Don’t want to share our data / OK, what’re you hiding?

I don't want my credit card numbers floating around, because then I'd be screwed. That kind of data needs to be locked up tight behind…

U.S. News & World Report College Rankings are Now Available

The well-known college rankings are now available for your viewing pleasure. Whether the ranking system is legit or not, I'll let you be the judge,…

My Mission is to Collect Basic Data

I began my path of higher education at Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student. As a stat graduate student, it's hard to…

The World Needs Statisticians

While doing research on the process of rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I've run across a frequent…

Proving the Non-experts Wrong

UPDATE: I found the essay! Programmers Need To Learn Statistics Or I Will Kill Them All by Mr. Zed Shaw There was this online essay…
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