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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 control advocates failed to gain…

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 important in teaching statistical concepts…

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 often easy to find. A…

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 hard baseball fan, and I'm convinced…

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 first look at the map,…

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 of the two usually goes…

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. Whenever I hear results or…

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 such a big fuss over.…

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 rates, death rates, disease, environment, energy,…

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 comments, but I think part…

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 explore your neighbors as well…

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, because they do. Otherwise there…

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 a billion firewalls, a lock…

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, but I think everyone should…

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 remember sitting in all of…

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 critic close and knowledgeable watcher…

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 that I read by a…

TED Talk: What do we really know about the spread of AIDS?

In her TED talk, Emily Oster challenges our conception of AIDS and suggests other covariates that we need to look at (e.g. export volumes of coffee). Until we get out…

Making Public Data Public

As Jon Udell has mentioned, there's a ton of data online, but it's not often we can find it, often hidden in the deep, dark basement of some website. He…

Finding Weirdness in Temperature Data

After parsing Weather Underground pages to grab temperature data, it's time to look at the data. Can't download all that data and not do anything with it! First off, in…

Juice TESTING in Competitive Sports

It's easy to see how Statistics got this bad wrap because it's so easy to lie with data, charts, and graphs. Sometimes it's on purpose -- someone might try to…

Immigration Data Available from Homeland Security

There was a Sharp Rise Seen in Applications for Citizenship, as reported in The Times today, and of course there was a graphic to complement that article that showed the…