# Statistical Visualization

Finding patterns, distributions, and anomalies.

• ### Furloughed employees during shutdown

Dan Delany took a simple look at furloughed employees due to the government shutdown. There are tickers for duration, estimated unpaid salary, and estimated food vouchers unpaid, but the main…

• ### Crunching the wedding numbers

Weddings are special events where friends and family come together to celebrate, and we encapsulate them in their special day. What if you looked at weddings over time though? Todd…

• ### Weather models, a visual comparison

Forecast, one of the best if not the best quick-look weather sites, uses various weather models to predict temperature, wind, humidity, and pressure. Whereas the main result is an estimated…

• ### Rappers’ claimed wealth versus actual wealth

Allison McCann for Businessweek graphed rappers’ claimed wealth in their songs versus their actual wealth. Fresh off of Jay-Z’s new album is the track Versus, on which he chides fellow…

• ### Visualizing uncertainty still unsolved problem

Vivien Marx in Nature Methods: Data from an experiment may appear rock solid. Upon further examination, the data may morph into something much less firm. A knee-jerk reaction to this…

• ### Price of Damien Hirst spot paintings

Damien Hirst is an artist known for a number of works, one of those being his large production of spot paintings. There are over a thousand of them painted by…

• ### Central limit theorem animation

The central limit theorem: In probability theory, the central limit theorem (CLT) states that, given certain conditions, the mean of a sufficiently large number of independent random variables, each with…

• ### Ratings of TV shows over time

The quality of television shows follow all kinds of patterns. Some shows stink in the beginning and slowly gain steam, whereas others are great at first and then lost momentum…

• ### A thorough Facebook analysis by Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram analyzed the Facebook world, based on anonymized data from the Wolfram|Alpha Data Donor program. He visits topics from how people friend, how the Facebook world compares to the…

• ### Analysis of baseball ticket pricing

If you’ve ever looked at ticket prices for sporting events, you probably noticed the disparity in prices of when your team plays a popular team or a rival versus a…

• ### Chartspotting: Coffee graph menu

FlowingData reader Amir sent this along. In lieu of a list of coffee drinks, this place in in East London opted for ingredient breakdowns. I’m guessing there’s a standard menu…

• ### Internet Census

Upon discovering hundreds of thousands open embedded devices on the Internet, an anonymous researcher conducted a Census of the Internet, mapping 460 million IP addresses around the world. While playing…

• ### Bettings lines for becoming the next pope

Who’s going to be the next pope? I know all of you are sitting on the edge of your seats. Luckily, an analytical research manager who goes by the name…

With the State of the Union address tonight, The Guardian plotted the Flesh-Kincaid grade levels for past addresses. Each circle represents a state of the union and is sized by…

• ### Super Bowl ad costs vs. company profit during game

Ritchie King for Quartz compared money spent on Super Bowl ads — now about \$3.75 million for a 30-second spot — to how much the companies make on average in…

• ### Baseball Hall of Fame voting trajectories

Carlos Scheidegger and Kenny Shirley, along with Chris Volinsky, visualized Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voting, from the first class in 1936 (which included Babe Ruth) up to present.…

• ### Character mentions in Les Miserables

Jeff Clark took a detailed look at Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables via character mentions, word connections, and word usage. The above is character mentions with color showing sentiment. Red means…

• ### Five years of traffic fatalities

I made a graphic a while back that showed traffic fatalities over a year. John Nelson extended on that, pulling five years of data and subsetting by some factors: alcohol,…

• ### Longer life expectancy, more years of disease

Bonnie Berkowitz, Emily Chow and Todd Lindeman for the Washington Post plotted life expectancy against percentage of healthy years. Although life expectancy is increasing, the percentage of years living without…

As 2013 nears, let the recaps, reviews, and best ofs begin. Twitter put up their 2012 year in review of top tweets, trends, and such, which is mostly pictures and…

• ### How tax rates have changed

Mike Bostock, Matthew Ericson and Robert Gebeloff for the New York Times explored changing tax rates from 1980 to 2010, for various income levels. Most Americans paid less in taxes…

• ### Mitt Romney losing likes on Facebook, in real-time

If you go to the Facebook page for Mitt Romney, note the number of likes, wait a few seconds, and then refresh the page. The number of likes is decreasing…

• ### History of film, 100 years in a chart

In something of an homage to the Genealogy of Pop & Rock Music by Reebee Garofalo, designer Larry Gormley visualized 100 years of film. This graphic chronicles the history of…

• ### Lord of the Rings visualized

Driven by his love for Lord of the Rings, Emil Johansson explores the many facets of the world in charts and graphs. For example, the above chart is the declining…

• ### Presidential campaign finance explorer

Hey, I think it’s election season, and you know what that means. It’s time to dig into campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission. The Washington Post gives you…

• ### Color names plotted against gender

A couple of years ago, xkcd ran a survey that asked people to name colors. Stephen Von Worley plotted that data by gender in an interactive. That’s a dot for…

• ### Animated political contributions

The Forest of Advocacy is a series of animations that explores the political contribution patterns among eight organizations, such as Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Harvard Business School. These visualizations…

• ### History of tax breaks

Kat Downs, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish of The Washington Post look at the tax breaks from the 1970s to 2011 in an interactive. The U.S. government gives away more…

• ### Wikipedia is dominated by male editors

After he saw a New York Times article on the gender gap among Wikipedia contributors (The contributor base is only 13 percent women), Santiago Ortiz plotted articles by number of…

• ### Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who’s paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart. In 1960, almost 100% of the spending on prescription drugs came out…