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Statistical Visualization

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 look back on the old…

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 seem to fade. However, in…

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 Fry, of Fathom Information Design,…

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.…

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, Elise]…

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 The New York Times examines:…

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 Todd Lindeman of The Washington…

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 at crime by hour in…

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 between Academy Award nominees and…

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 aren't all that useful, but…

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: The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller…

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 and Aron Pilhofer for The…

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 burst of similar sentiment. On…

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 are getting worse, but are…

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 most popular movies for each…

America is not the best at everything

Charles M. Blow has a look at some metrics for the International Monetary Fund's "Advanced economy" countries. As Americans, we like to think that we're the best at everything, but…

The Grammy winning sales bump

A Grammy win is worth way more than a little trophy and some short-lived fame. It's worth actual cash. As shown in this graphic by Wilson Andrews and Mike McPhate…

Exploratory treemap for Obama’s 2012 budget proposal

It's that time of year again. Obama recently released his 2012 budget proposal for how to allocate $3.7 trillion. It's complicated no doubt, but Shan Carter and Amanda Cox of…

Gamers mimic the real life football season

As you might expect, people who play sports video games tend to play with teams when those teams are winning in real life. Anyone who plays online via their Playstation…

Watch the world get fatter over the past three decades

People are getting fatter everywhere. You know this. But there's nothing like the numbers to actually show how we're growing outwards and by how much. With this interactive, Wilson Andrews…

Price and adoption timeline of gadgets

New gadgets, from Web-connected TVs, to smartphones, to Fax machines, always seem to start expensive and then decrease in price a few months later. We all know this. But by…

Delicious mass exodus

On news that Delicious is on Yahoo's sunset list, thousands of people decided it was time to take a look at simplified competitor Pinboard. The much lower blue area is…