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Using data to find a girlfriend

Remember when Amy Webb created a bunch of fake male profiles to scrape data from two dating sites and analyze it to find a husband?…

Disney MagicBands track your theme park activities

You can now wear a MagicBand when you enter Disneyland to get a more personalized experience, and in return, the park gets to know what…

How Netflix creates movie micro-genres

Alexis Madrigal and Ian Bogost for The Atlantic reverse engineered the Netflix genre generator, analyzed the data, and then made their own. Then they talked…

Clusters of single malt Scotch whiskies

Luba Gloukhov of Revolution Analytics used k-means clustering to find groups of single malt Scotch whiskies. Because you know, New Year's morning is when whisky…

Statistics Done Wrong, a guide to common analysis mistakes

Alex Reinhart, a PhD statistics student at Carnegie Mellon University, covers some of the common analysis mistakes in Statistics Done Wrong. Statistics Done Wrong is…

Iron Maiden uses piracy data for tour locations

When you hear "piracy data" and "music" in the same sentence, it usually ends with exorbitant fines. Iron Maiden took a different route. In the…

Data scientist surpasses statistician on Google Trends

The relative interest in data scientist surpassed statistician this month. It was also higher in April and September of this year, so it's not new,…

Easy text classification

Text can be a great source of data, but it can be a challenge to glean information from an analysis standpoint. etcML can help you…

Prediction of sexual orientation through Facebook friends

Carter Jernigan and Behram F.T. Mistree found that sexual orientation of an individual is strongly correlated to the sexual orientation of the individual's friends on…

Up all night to get data, a music video parody

Neuroscience students at the University of California, San Diego made a music video parody of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." It's about gathering data in the…

Global status tracker for open government data

The Open Knowledge Foundation launched the Open Data Index, so you can see what data countries provide to their citizens. An increasing number of governments…

Cancer data for the U.S. released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their most recent cancer data a few days ago. It's the numbers for 2010, which feels dated.…

U.S. Open Data Institute

With a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, Waldo Jaquith pushes forward with the U.S. Open Data Institute, an effort to link government data sources…

Monty Hall xkcd

Nice one, xkcd.…

Degrees of separation between athletes from different sports

You've probably heard of the six degrees of Kevin Bacon. The idea is that you can name any actor and trace back to Kevin Bacon…

Government data shutdown

When you go to the United States Census site, Data.gov, or similar government-run sites, you see this. "Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov…

Consequences of big data exclusions

Big data, in all its glory, promises insights into the soul of humankind. There's a hefty restriction though. Data only tells you about the population…

Tracking criminal movements and predicting hot spots

In the latest SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, Chaturapruek, et al. describe modeling criminal movements based on where potential criminals live and areas of interest.…

A visual explanation of Simpson’s Paradox

When you look for overall trends, you often poke around the data in aggregate, but when you zoom out too far, you could miss details…

Dialect quiz shows where others talk like you do

North Carolina State statistics graduate student Joshua Katz already mapped dialect across the United States, and now there's a fun addition in quiz form. Answer…

UK Census at risk

There is a possibility the UK Census is scrapped for cheaper options next year. The census faces its biggest shake-up in its 200-year history under…

Data in the service of humanity

For this rainy Labor Day, here's an uplifting talk by DataKind founder Jake Porway. He talks data and how it can make a worthwhile difference…