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xkcd: Dominant players in chess and basketball

I'm pretty sure xkcd is the only one who gets away with showing player ratings for both basketball and chess players in the same frame,…

Birth year and political leanings

A statistical model, from Yair Ghitza of Catalist and Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, estimates when people form their political preferences. The analysis uses presidential…

Drone crash database

Based on data compiled from a combination of military records, Defense Department records, and drone manufacturers, Emily Chow, Alberto Cuadra and Craig Whitlock for the…

Percentage of degrees conferred to men, by major

Based on estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics, Randy Olson plotted the percentage of bachelor degrees conferred to men in the United States,…

Employment-to-population ratios

The Upshot posted an interesting chart that shows changing employment rate by state. It shows that the economy is improving. Employment rates have climbed above…

A visual analysis of the Boston subway system

For a graduate project, Michael Barry and Brian Card explored the Boston subway system through a set of annotated interactives that show train routes, usage,…

NFL players getting bigger

Football players are getting bigger. Noah Veltman, a developer for the WNYC Data News team, shows by how much through an animated heatmap. Scrub the…

A decade of college degrees

North by Northwestern looked closer at degrees awarded by their university over the past decade. Simply enter a degree to see the trend. As the…

Distribution of letters in the English language

Some letters in the English language appear more often in the beginning of words. Some appear more often at the end, and others show up…

Tron-style dashboard shows Wikipedia and GitHub streams

As a fun learning exercise, Rob Scanlon made a dashboard that shows GitHub and Wikipedia changes in the style of graphics in Tron: Legacy. Hello…

Your income versus what it feels like

Incomes and the cost of living vary across the country. Some areas might have high median income, but the cost of living is also high.…

Alcohol consumption per drinker

We've seen rankings for alcohol consumption per capita around the world. These tend to highlight where people drink and abstain, but what about consumption among…

Views of white Americans

In light of the Donald Sterling brouhaha, Amanda Cox for The Upshot put up some charts for why you shouldn't be surprised that people still…

How people die in America

Matthew Klein for Bloomberg View explored mortality in America through a slidedeck of charts. The animations in between each slide grows tedious, but the topics…

Five decades of warm and cold weather anomalies

This year's polar vortex churned up some global warming skeptics, but as we know, it's more useful to look at trends over significant spans of…

Graph TV shows ratings by episode

Kevin Wu made a straightforward interactive that lets you see IMDB television ratings over time, per episode and by season. Graph TV is a visualization…

Failed Bitcoin market activity

Stamen visualized Bitcoin activity, noting a variety of traders who knew what they were doing, didn't know what they were doing, and were apparently automated.…

An exploration of cultural production

Pantheon, a project from the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab, explores cultural influences across countries and domains. To make our efforts tractable,…

Why you should buy the bigger pizza

Because you get more pizza to eat, and if you don't finish it, you'll have breakfast tomorrow. Other than that fine reason, well, it's geometrically…

A human-readable explorer for SEC filings

Maris Jensen just made SEC filings readable by humans. The motivation: But in the twenty years since, despite hundreds of millions invested in rounds of…

Music timeline of plays and history

Two Google research groups, Big Picture and Music Intelligence, got together and made a music timeline baby. The Music Timeline shows genres of music waxing…

Cherry picking years for random sports statements

When you watch sports, it can sometimes feel like the stat guy pulls random numbers for the talking heads to ponder, and you can't help…