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Sniffing out Paul Revere with basic social network analysis

It's just metadata. What can you do with that? Kieran Healy, a sociology professor at Duke University, shows what you can do, with just some basic social network analysis. Using…

An exploration of recurring jokes on Arrested Development

Watch Arrested Development enough and you start to realize there are a lot of recurring jokes in various episodes and seasons. In an interactive by Beutler Ink and Red Edge,…

Lego minifigure taxonomy

There are over 4,000 Lego minifigure characters ranging from plumbers and judges to licensed ones such as Harry Potter and SpongeBob SquarePants. Christoph Bartneck from the University of Canterbury created…

Interactive: Common chord progressions in 1,300 songs

If you listen to the radio long enough, you've probably noticed that many songs sound similar or remind of you of a song you've heard before. Hooktheory shows you just…

Word tree for any URL or Twitter username

In 2007, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda ViĆ©gas created the word tree, a search tool for unstructured text. You enter the text, pick a word or phrase, and you can see…

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, a 17th century social network

These days it's relatively easy to figure out connections between people via email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. However, it's harder to decipher relationships between people in the 17th century. Researchers at…

The many relationships of Zeus

Viviana Ferro, Ilaria Pagin, and Elisa Zamarian had a look at all of Zeus's relationships according to many authors over the years. Each person on the inside of a circle…

Wine industry network in the US

A group of researchers at Michigan State University, led by Phil Howard, explored the network of wine in the United States. No other section of the supermarket offers as many…

Animated growth of an organization

A company grows, it shrinks, people come and go. Justin Matejka, a research scientist at Autodesk, visualized the changes for where he works. The OrgOrgChart (Organic Organization Chart) project looks…

An introduction to diagrams

As a teaser for a larger project on diagrams, Jane Nisselson describes how they exist in the real world. Diagrams are everywhere — from the established conventions of highway signs…

An ideal bookshelf

Thessaly La Force, with illustrator Jane Mount, recently published My Ideal Bookshelf, which is a look into the books that some people of interest, including Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, and…

Relationships and kills in Game of Thrones replayed

This one's for you Game of Thrones fans and aficionados. Jerome Cukier visualized groups of people, from Lannisters to Starks, and kills throughout the books. Each circle represents a character…

Infinite Jukebox plays your favorite songs forever

You know those songs that you love so much that you cry because they're over? Well, cry no more with the Inifinite Jukebox by Paul Lamere. Inspired by Infinite Gangnam…

Shifting states over the decades, between Democrat and Republican

Mike Bostock and Shan Carter visualized how states have shifted parties over the years, going back to 1952. Recent elections have placed a heavy emphasis on "swing states" — Ohio,…

How viral photos spread on Facebook

Number of likes and shares for a Facebook post are just simple aggregates that give you an idea of how popular that post was, but they don't tell you anything…

Patent war

As you've probably heard, Apple and Samsung have been in a bit of a kerfuffle over the past few months. We own that patent for that thing. No, we have…

Every Lost episode visualized and recreated

Santiago Ortiz visualized every episode of the show in the interactive Lostalgic. It's a set a four views that shows character occurrences and relationships and the lines they said during…

Character social networks in movies

We've seen a lot of network charts for Twitter, Facebook, and real people. Screw that. I want to see social networks for movie characters. That's where Movie Galaxies comes in.…

Network of political contributions

The Wall Street Journal visualized major political contributions, according to the Federal Election Commission, in a piece they call Political Moneyball. Based on the money sent between the players (and…

Map of the Internet

Ruslan Enikeev created a searchable Internet map of links and bubbles, showing over 350,000 sites and two million links from 196 countries. Similar sites are closer together.…

Browse the web of Wikipedia with Wikiweb iPad app

While we're on the subject of the web that is Wikipedia, four-man, Baltimore-based development shop Friends of the Web made Wikiweb, an iPad app to research and casually browse Wikipedia.…

Graphing every idea in history

Brendan Griffen created a giant network of people, using every profile on Wikipedia that had an "influenced by" or "influences" field. Each node represents a person and is sized by…