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Shazam music recognition maps

Shazam is a service with an app that lets you point your phone towards some music to identify the name …

Boost economy with immigration

Want to increase the GDP? Easy. Let more immigrants in. Lena Groeger for ProPublica: In an analysis for ProPublica, Adam …

Gender representation in comic books

Amanda Shendruk for The Pudding analyzed how genders are represented differently in comic books, focusing on “naming conventions, types of …

Algorithm to detect wildfires earlier

Traditional detection algorithms use infrared heat as the main signal of a wildfire. The Firelight Detection Algorithm uses visible light …

Reconstructing faces from brain waves

Researchers attached electrodes to neurons in monkeys, showed them pictures of faces, and then reconstructed the faces reading brain waves. …

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How to Make Animated Line Charts in R

Sometimes it’s useful to animate the multiple lines instead of showing them all at once.

Detailed satellite view of iceberg break

Using the thermal signature, NASA provides a detailed view of the break: The false-color image was captured by Landsat’s Thermal …

Hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

This explainer video by Vox on the oil patterns on bowling lanes was oddly fascinating. The varying degrees of oil …

Look to the data collection

Mimi Onuoha on the importance of paying close attention to the data collection process before making data-informed decisions: The conceptual, …

Iceberg scale, as described in different countries

A giant iceberg broke off from Antartica. Like, really big. Quartz collected the comparisons made in various countries to make …

Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer

Using a century of data, we watch the shift of marital status in the United States.

Summary Statistics Tell You Little About the Big Picture

Mean, median, and mode. These are the first things you learn about in your introductory statistics course. It’s often all …

Alone Time

It’s harder to make friends as you get older. There aren’t as many (forced) opportunities to find them and we …

How Histograms Work

The histogram is one of my favorite basic chart types, because it lets you quickly see the shape and distribution …

Chances it’s a Friend’s Birthday Every Single Day of the Year

If it seems like every day you log in to Facebook, it’s someone’s birthday, you’re probably not that far off.

Giving Up Time as a Parent

There is a fixed number of minutes during the day. Where do parents usually draw the time from?

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How to Make Animated Line Charts in R

Sometimes it’s useful to animate the multiple lines instead of showing them all at once.

How to Make a Multi-line Step Chart in R

For the times your data represents immediate changes in value.

Symbols-based Charts to Show Counts in R

Add visual weight by using individual items to show counts.

Introducing a Course for Mapping in R

Mapping geographic data in R can be tricky, because there are so many ways to complete separate tasks. It’s a …

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Summary Statistics Tell You Little About the Big Picture

Mean, median, and mode. These are the first things you learn about in your introductory statistics course. It’s often all …

How Histograms Work

The histogram is one of my favorite basic chart types, because it lets you quickly see the shape and distribution …

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?