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A decade of Yelp review trends

Yelp released an amusing tool that lets you see how the use of word in reviews has changed over the site's decade of existence. From food trends to popular slang…

Spiky betting odds during LeBron James decision

LeBron James decided to head back to Cleveland, so naturally the odds that they win the championship went up. Todd Schneider charted the betting odds as the announcement happened to…

How much underwear to bring on a trip

Packing underwear for a short trip is easy. You just pack a pair for each day you're away. However, longer trips require extra planning. Pack a pair for every day,…

FoamTree: Visualize hierarchical data with a lot of groups

For small-ish amounts of hierarchical data, most JavaScript libraries can handle the load. However, it gets tricky when you get into hundreds and thousands of levels and groups. FoamTree is…

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, without the y-axis labels. And…

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 approval ratings from Gallup to…

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 Washington Post provide a quick…

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, by major. Start your eyes…

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 the post-recession nadir in every…

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, and scheduling. Through publicly available…

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 slider back and forth quickly…

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 makers note, the number of…

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 in the middle. Using the…

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 User. This is a reproduction…

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. Similarly, areas might have low…

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 only those who drink? The…

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 say racist things, based on…

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 covered, going beyond just national…

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 time than isolated events. And,…

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.…

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. In February 2014 MtGox, one…

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, Pantheon will not focus on…