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Best time to visit DMV

I think there are people who still go to the Department of Motor Vehicles without an appointment. Because who doesn't like a good session of waiting in line? Lucky for…

Probably not a heat map

A heat map is a grid of numbers colored by value. I wrote a quick tutorial on how to make the now common statistical visualization. But at some point in…

Texas hold ’em win probabilities

Software engineer Chris Beaumont visualized the strength of opponent hands in Texas hold 'em, given any other hand. This is based on counting about 1.3 trillion possible combinations.…

Gambler’s perspective on sports team win probabilities

Michael Beuoy's win probability model plotted on FiveThirtyEight starts all NBA teams at a 50% chance of winning. Then the probability of winning a game increases and decreases from there.…

Every NBA team’s chances of winning, by game minute

Michael Beuoy made a win probability model for NBA teams and games, based on play-by-play data from 2000 to 2012. The basic calculator lets you punch in the game state,…

Identifying cheaters in test results, a simple method

Jonathan Dushoff had issues with students in his population biology class cheating on his exams. One year there was suspicious behavior, but Dushoff and the proctors weren't able to prove…

Bayes’ theorem explained with LEGO bricks

Bayes' theorem is covered in introduction to statistics and probability courses, but I think a lot of people starting out don't understand it conceptually. They see a formula that you…

Top 1% earners versus bottom 90%

Quoctrung Bui for Planet Money plotted average income for the top one percent of earners against the average income of the bottom 90%, from 1920 to 2012. Through the 1970s,…

Impact of vaccines throughout history

Not that anyone who does not vaccinate their kids cares, but Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal show the change in number of cases for various…

Seagull skytrails

Watch one bird fly around, and it's hard to make out its flight pattern. Time shift multiple copies of that bird, creating an echo effect, and it's easy. Parker Paul…

Audio landscape

Audio Landscape is a novel music visualizer that constructs a landscape based on the MP3 that you give it. As you fly overhead, you can see the mountains constructed in…

Not just one chart

There is no more reason to expect one graph to "tell all" than to expect one number to do the same. —John Tukey, Exploratory Data Analysis, 1977.…

Algorithm-generated song, based on income data

In the first song of his music experiment Data-Driven DJ, visual artist Brian Foo used median household income data to create a song that represents a ride on a New…

Human brain size compared to animals’

Mosaic provides a simple comparison of brain size in a handful of animals so that you can compare to the average human. Select among several measures such as actual weigh,…

Job gains and losses over time

Andrew Van Dam and Renee Lightner for the Wall Street Journal provide a couple of useful linked views of unemployment and job gains and losses. The former comes as a…

Vaccination rates for every kindergarten in California

The New York Times mapped the vaccination rate for every kindergarten in California. Bubbles are sized by enrollment and colored by rate, where red represents under 60 percent and blue…

Professor ratings by gender and discipline

Based on about 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessor, this tool by Ben Schmidt lets you compare words used to describe professors, categorized by gender and discipline. For example, the above…

Baking units demystified

A handy chart by Andrew M.H. Alexander. Treemap conversion from one gallon, down to a teaspoon.…

Shrinking middle class

The Upshot has a detailed, chart-filled summary of the shrinking middle class, categorized by age, education, race, and family status.…

Vaccination rate and measles outbreak simulation

You've probably heard about herd immunity by now. Vaccinations help the individual and the community, especially those who are unable to receive vaccinations for various reasons. The Guardian simulated what…

Where and why men outnumber women

There are an estimated 60 million more men than women on this planet, based on data from World Bank. David Bauer takes a look at the places where the male…

Transposing embroidery to music

In Soundweaving, Zsanett Szirmay used embroidery as a score to feed into a music box. Each stitching square is a punch hole, and because of the repeating patterns in "embroidered…

Your street name across the country

Here's a fun searchable map from the New York Times. Enter a street's name, and you can see how many other streets have the same name in other states. Based…

Chances that a drug treatment helps

It's a common belief that if someone has a medical condition, a patient can take a treatment and the condition gets better or goes away. That is, improvement is directly…

Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers…

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit…

Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things.…

Snow depth by dogs

For the US east coasters and their pets.…

Sexual insecurities found in Google search results

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz continues with his Google search data-related op-eds for the New York Times. This time he looks at the insecurities in sex, based on the search volume of various…

Book checkouts from the British Library

In efforts to emphasize the importance of the library (very), the British Library released a video that simply shows ten minutes of book checkouts. Nothing fancy. Just an updating log…