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Buzzwords in Academic Papers (Comic)

This comic was really amusing, although it might be because I'm a big nerd entertained by all things from PHD Comics... It's my blog, and I can laugh if I…

Unemployment Rate For People Like You – NYT Interactive

Shan Carter, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Quealy of The New York Times explore 12-month average unemployment rates for just about any breakdown you can imagine. The main point: not everyone…

Facebook Measures Happiness in Status Updates

As we all know, Facebook lets people update their friends with status updates, and with millions of users, that's a lot of data. Look at the aggregated data over time,…

3 In-depth Views of Flight Delays and Cancellations

Have you ever rushed to the airport only to find that your flight was delayed or canceled? In the most recent Data Expo at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings, data…

How People in America Spend Their Day

From Shan Carter, Amanda Cox, Kevin Quealy, and Amy Schoenfeld of The New York Times is this new interactive stacked time series on how different groups in America spend their…

What Britain Has Eaten the Past Three Decades

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) keeps an archive of what British citizens have consumed over the years. The Times Online, in collaboration with designer Marcin Ignac,…

Track Presidential Approval Ratings and Compare to Past

From William Couch, Kristen Novak, Michelle Price and Joshua Hatch of USA Today, this tracker tool lets you compare ratings of past current and past presidents according to Gallup polls.…

Explore World Data with Factbook eXplorer from OECD

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) makes a lot of world indicators available (e.g. world population and birth rate). Much of it goes unnoticed, because most people just…

Michael Jackson Billboard Rankings: the Man, the Legend

Say what you want about Michael Jackson, but there's no denying the great effect he had on the music world. In honor of the pop king's passing, practically half of…

Google Analytics Data Made More Informative

A large majority of us who have websites use Google Analytics as our traffic monitor, and why not? It's free, it works, and it provides loads of data on traffic,…

Open Source Data Visualization Framework – Axiis

Axiis, an open source data visualization framework in Flex, was released a few days ago under an MIT license. I haven't done much in Flex, but from what I hear,…

Explore Multiple Time Series in Third Dimension

Roland Lößlein, a media student at University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, presents meteorological time series data in 3-D in a class project called Synoptic. Rotate and zoom in and…

USA Today Digs Into Job Forecasts for 2009

While on the topic of job losses, USA Today provides a look into job forecasts from Moody's Economy.com. While the new forecast shows U.S. employment growing in 2010-2012, the outlook…

4 Different Looks at Job Losses During Recessions

There are so many ways that you can cut a dataset whether it be big or small. Cut it by time, different chunks of time, categories, etc., and you just…

9 Ways to Visualize Consumer Spending

GOOD Magazine's most recent infographic (above and below) on consumer spending got me to thinking about all the other approaches I've seen on the same topic. The number of ways…

Winner of Tufte Books and Many Other Good Entries

I ran a contest last week to improve a graph from Swivel that showed immigration to the United States. FlowingData readers sent in lots of different approaches (that took me…

Using Data Visualization to Forecast Financial Markets

This is a guest post by Simit Patel of InformedTrades, which offers free advice on trading stocks. While many investors use economic and fundamental factors to identify investment opportunities --…

Google Uses Search Terms to Predict Flu Activity

In Google Flu Trends, Google uses related searches to predict flu activity in your area "up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems." The above graph shows query-based…

Google Visualization API Opens Up

When Google first launched their visualization API, you could only use data that was in Google spreadsheets, which was pretty limiting. Yesterday, Google opened this up, and you can now…

More Google Reader Stats When ‘show details’

I just noticed that when you click on "show details" in Google Reader, you get a graph of how frequently posts come from that feed and how often you read…

Who’s Leading Whom? Predictive Markets Versus Polls

This is a guest post from Michael Drumheller, Dirk Karis, Raif Majeed and Robert Morton of Tableau Software. They use Tableau to explore the relationship between polls and predictive markets.…

Browse Political Bias on Memeorandum – Greasemonkey Script

Memeorandum shows up-to-date posts from leading political bloggers, and it is well-known that political bloggers are often very partisan. It's not always obvious to new readers though which side of…