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Slicing Obama’s 2013 budget proposal four ways

With Obama's recent budget for next year proposed, Shan Carter et. al of The New York Times let you explore the plan in their new…

Compare presidential candidate fundraising

Presidential candidates have raised $186 million up to now, according to the Federal Election Commission. The New York Times lets you compare the amounts raised…

Words used in SOTU and Republican presidential candidates in debates

Jonathan Corum for The New York Times examines word usage by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union addresses and the words used…

Job growth at the best companies to work for

Nicolas Rapp and Anne Vandermey with a straightforward look at new jobs added at the top 100 companies to work for, according to Fortune. Fat…

Optimized dart throwing and other games

If you play darts just trying to hit the bullseye, you aren't playing for maximum output. Don't fret though. DataGenetics is here to help with…

Apollo 11 lunar landing told through data

From Yanni Loukissas of the MIT Laboratory for Automation, Robotics, and Society, comes the story of the Apollo 11 lunar landing told via multiple…

Corruption versus human development

Transparency International released annual data for the Corruption Perceptions Index. The Economist plotted it against the UN's Human Development Index: Comparing the corruption index with…

40 years of boxplots

Famed statistician John Tukey created the boxplot in 1970. It shows a distribution summary in a small amount of space. Hadley Wickham and Lisa Stryjewski…

Kill Math makes math more meaningful

After a certain point in math education, like some time during high school, the relevance of the concepts to the everyday and the real world…

The Fortune 500, 1955 to 2010

Since 1955, Fortune Magazine has published a list of America's 500 largest companies. What companies have risen to the top? Which ones have fallen? Ben…

Last.fm scrobbles as calendar heat map

Martin Dittus, a former Last.fm employee, grabbed listening data for staff, moderators, and alumni, and visualized 8.7 million scrobbles in an extended calendar format. At…

Girl Scout cookie pie chart

With Girl Scout cookie season around the corner, Wired pies it up with cookies showing percentage of sales. It's all about the Caramel deLites. [Thanks,…

How the deficit got so big

The US continues to rack up more and more debt, with a deficit in the trillions. But how did we get here? Teresa Tritch for…

All the countries that the US owes money to

In May 2011, the United States owned $14.3 trillion in debt. A lot of that is money is owed to other countries. Heather Billings and…

When crime happens in major cities

Does more crime happen during the late hours of the night or in the middle of the afternoon? Trulia Insights uses small multiples to look…

Award-nominated movies vs. highest grossing

Dorothy Gambrell of very small array continues with her fascination of movie quality and money gross. This time around she looks looks at the overlap…

RottenTomatoes trends with Career-o-matic

Slate puts together a rough analysis of RottenTomatoes actor and director career ratings. They plot average ratings for films in general, actors, and directors, which…

Rise and fall of housing prices

Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart:…

Reactions to the death of a terrorist

On the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, there was a mixed reaction across the country. Some celebrated, whereas others had mixed feelings. Jon Huang…

Tweets per second during Bin Laden announcement

As I listened to my young neighbors run around the parking lot chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" I glanced at my Twitter feed, and it showed a…

Dropping movie ratings from the past six decades

Dorothy Gambrell of very small array charts median Tomatometer ratings of the top 10 grossing films, since 1950. From the graph it looks like movies…

Visual evidence that movies are getting worse

Moki takes a page out of the OkCupid social media playbook and analyzes movie ratings over the past two decades. They looked at the 20…