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Unintentional Venn diagram suggests opposite meaning

Most people probably wouldn't think much about this poster that shows the values of Thomson Reuters. But when you think of the graphic as a Venn diagram, it's hard to…

Not automatic

It's an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up. — Jeffrey Heer in For Big-Data Scientists, 'Janitor Work' Is Key Hurdle…

Crisis Text Line releases trends and data

Crisis Text Line is a service that troubled teens can use to find help with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and other issues via text messaging. The long-term hope was to…

How charity: water uses data to do more good

Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of charity: water, describes how the organization uses data to improve what they do, both on the ground and internally. The first is program…

Variance be damned

Daniel Colman won $15.3 million in the The Big One for One Drop poker tournament, but he seems annoyed about it. What he had to say after the win: First…

Geography.

By way of David Kennerr, something in this CNN frame seems off.…

Markov Chains explained visually

Adding on to their series of graphics to explain statistical concepts, Victor Powell and Lewis Lehe use a set of interactives to describe Markov Chains. Even if you already know…

Visual Microphone estimates sound from vibrations in objects

A group of researchers from MIT, Microsoft Research, and Adobe Research are experimenting with seemingly inanimate objects as a proxy for sound in the vicinity. They call it the Visual…

This is Statistics

Statistics has an image problem. To the general public, it's old, out of touch, and boring. It's a problem because we place stock in a younger generation who we (1)…

How well we don’t understand probability

All Things Considered on NPR ran a fine series on how we interpret probability and uncertainty. It came in five bits (plus one follow-up), each five to ten minutes long.…

A more visual world data portal

One of the most annoying parts of downloading data from large portals is that you never quite know what you're gonna get. It's a box of chocolates. It's government data…

Large-ish data packages in R

If you've played around with R enough, there comes a time when you just need some data to mess around with. Maybe it's to learn a new method or to…

Polling for stress

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a survey about peoples' stress levels and factors contributing to the stress. It took place for…

Data science, big data, and statistics – all together now

Terry Speed, a emeritus professor in statistics at University of California at Berkeley, gave an excellent talk on how statisticians can play nice with big data and data science. Usually…

Subpar Captain America

Animation Domination High-Def has a Captain America video of things that America is not so good at, relative to other countries. And they even cited their data source, the CIA…

Test your statistical wits about stuff in the world

Many of us aren't aware of how one country compares to others or public policy that has been around for decades. How Wrong You Are is a simple quiz game…

Lessons from improperly anonymized taxi logs

Through a Freedom of Information request Chris Whong received and eventually released NYC taxi logs starting in 2013 (about 173 million trips). Vijay Pandurangan looked at the data a little…

Data grab bag

— When you deal with data, you can think like a statistician, even if you don't know the math (although it will certainly help a lot). Jonathan Stray brings up…

How to Make Government Data Sites Better

Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you've done it, or at least tried to, you know the pain that is oddly formatted files, search that doesn't work,…

What a few thousand fake followers gets you

There are a lot of fake, spammy accounts on Twitter that come in a variety of forms. Some tweet links to junk, some serve as retweet and faving bots, and…

GDP rises in the UK after spending on illegal activities counted

The gross domestic product for the United Kingdom rose by 5% seemingly overnight, after spending on cocaine and prostitution was (roughly) accounted for. Naturally there's been a bit of fuss…

What pregnant women want

In another take on the game of what Google suggests while searching, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz for The New York Times looked at queries related to pregnant women. Some searches were similar…