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The most poisoned name in US history

Biostatistics PhD candidate Hilary Parker dived into the most poisoned names in US history. Her own name topped the list. There were several fad names such as Deneen, Catina, and…

Using data to find a husband

When it was time to settle down with the right man, Amy Webb joined two dating sites, created a profile, and went on some horrible dates. Her solution was to…

Data Analysis (with R) on Coursera

Jeff Leek, an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is teaching a course on data analysis on Coursera, appropriately named Data Analysis. This…

Statistical network of basketball

By now, everyone's heard of Moneyball. Applying statistics to baseball to build the best team for the buck. Naturally, there's a lot of interest these days in applying the same…

The differences between machine learning, data mining, and statistics

From machine learning to data mining. From statistics to probability. A lot of it seems similar, so what are the differences? Statistician William Briggs explains in an FAQ. What's the…

A new kind of resource

Jer Thorp talks ethics in the data-as-new-oil metaphor: [W]e need to change the way that we collectively think about data, so that it is not a new oil, but instead…

Machines and built-in morality

With Google's driverless cars now street legal in California, Florida, and Nevada, Gary Marcus for the New Yorker ponders a world where machines need a built-in morality system. That moment…

Archive of datasets bundled with R

R comes with a lot of datasets, some with the core distribution and others with packages, but you'd never know which ones unless you went through all the examples found…

Incredibly divided nation in a map

I knew things were bad, but I didn't know they were this bad. Obama has his work cut out for him. [Thanks, @adamsinger]…

How Silver predictions performed

By way of Rafa Irizarry from Simply Statistics, a plot of Nate Silver's probabilities for Barack Obama winning a state versus the percentage of vote in each state, as of…

A quick lesson on making predictions

Political analyst and statistician Nate Silver has gotten some flack lately for consistently projecting a 70-plus percent chance of a Barack Obama win this election. But as Jeff Leek explains,…

Data on decades of Boy Scout expulsions released

The Los Angeles Times released nearly 5,000 records of allegations from the Boy Scouts of America as a browseable map and searchable list. You can also download the data. This…

The birthday problem explained

How many people does it take for there to be a 50% chance that a pair in the group has the same birthday? Only 23 people. What about a 99%…

Data for good, not bad

I'm so glad there are people like Jake Porway in the world. The founder and executive director of DataKind gives his quick pitch on "using data in the service of…

Hiring a data scientist

Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil give the rundown on what a data scientist is, what to look for and how to hire them. It's an article in Harvard Business…

Humans predicting the weather

Nate Silver says the weatherman is not a moron. Still, most people take their forecasts for granted. Like a baseball umpire, a weather forecaster rarely gets credit for getting the…

Analyzing text messages to save lives

Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something, gives a five-minute TED talk on the potential in analyzing text messages. During a texting campaign, Do Something started to receive texts from troubled…

Poker is a game of skill, not luck

Randal Heeb convinced a New York City judge that poker isn't a game of luck, using a 120-page report full of analysis and charts. Judge Weinstein, relying on the research…

Twitter vs. Facebook: What people share

Edwin Chen, a data scientist at Twitter, took an in-depth look at what people are more inclined to tweet on Twitter and like on Facebook. He used FlowingData as his…

Network analysis on high school hierarchy of friends

Brian Ball and M. E. J. Newman analyzed friendship data from a high school and junior high, and found a hierarchy similar to the one in Mean Girls. Here we…

Fox News continues charting excellence

Fox News tried to show the change in the top tax rate if the Bush tax cuts expire, so they showed the rate now and what'd it be in 2013.…

From statistics to data science, and vice versa

Carnegie Mellon statistics professor Cosma Shalizi considers the differences and similarities between statistics and data science. If people want to call those who do such jobs "data scientists" rather than…