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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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Computing for data analysis

If you want to learn visualization, you should learn data. To learn data, you should learn statistics. Where to begin? The free analysis courses offered…

How consumers suck at math

Derek Thompson for The Atlantic on how retail uses our numeric biases to their advantage: Now that I've just told you that consumers try to…

Data plural versus data singular

Kevin Drum on data is or data are: Now, I know that lots of people continue to foolishly disagree with me about this, but I'm…

Soda versus pop on Twitter

Edwin Chen, a data scientist at Twitter, explored the geographic differences in language usage of soda, pop, and coke. We've seen this before, so it…

Mitt Romney pseudo-venn diagram, used incorrectly

The Mitt Romney campaign put this venn diagram up a few days ago, aiming to show the "promise gap." On the left is an Obama…

How long it takes to get pregnant

The odds of getting pregnant after a certain time trying are surprisingly hard to come by. There are statistics here and there, but none provide…

Synchronized Swimming in Data and the Water Metaphor

The flood. The avalanche. The tsunami. Drowning in data. For the past few years, a couple of times a week, there's an article about all…

Analysis of chords used in popular songs

Hooktheory, a system for learning to write music, analyzed 1,300 popular songs for how chords were used. The above shows chords that followed an E…

Why robbing banks for a living is a bad idea

In an article for Significance Magazine, economists Barry Reilly, Neil Rickman and Robert Witt explain why robbing banks stinks as a profession. The return on…

This American Life on Blackjack

The newest episode of This American Life is on the game of Blackjack. Years ago one summer, I was a recent college graduate with a…

Profile of the Facebook Data Science Team

MIT Technology Review profiles the Facebook Data Science Team, described as a gathering of grad students at a top school and headed by Cameron Marlow,…

Losing American Community Survey would be ‘disastrous’

Many want to get rid of the American Community Survey, a Census program which releases region-specific data annually. University of Michigan professor William Frey explains…

Reverse engineering targeted emails from 2012 Campaign

After noticing the Obama campaign was sending variations of an email to voters, ProPublica identified six distinct types with certain demographics and showed the differences.…

Hans Rosling one-minute TED talk

Screw the sword swallowing and giant screen of moving bubbles. Just get Rosling a handful of rocks and he draws a crowd. [via infosthetics]…

Why are so many men pregnant?

Garbage in, garbage out the old adage goes. Nigel Hawkes, Director of Straight Statistics, describes a sort of statistical whistleblowing letter to the British…

A Future Without Key Social and Economic Statistics for the Country

Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, on the Appropriations Bill: The Appropriations Bill eliminates the Economic Census, which measures the health of our…