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Simulation shows swirling of smoke, sea salt, and dust around the world

NASA. Data. Good. Tracking the aerosols carried on the winds let scientists see the currents in our atmosphere. This visualization …

Where students learn the most

Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy, reporting for the Upshot, highlights research from Sean Reardon, a professor of poverty and inequality …

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How to Make a State Map Grid with Small Multiples in R

Combining small multiples with the grid layout can make for an intuitive geographic reference.

How artificial intelligence can augment our own

There’s another essay on Distill by Shan Carter and Michael Nielsen. They describe and demonstrate how one might use artificial …

Serial-Killer detector

Alec Wilkinson, reporting for The New Yorker, profiled Thomas Hargrove, who is deep into finding serial killers algorithmically and through …

Bomb contaminants where you live

Lena Groeger, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Abrahm Lustgarten, reporting for ProPublica with a searchable map of sites in need of …

Microsoft Excel painter

Remember the artist Tatsuo Horiuchi who uses Microsoft Excel to paint scenery? Four years later, he’s still at it. Watch …

Flawed hate crime data collection

Data can provide you with important information, but when the collection process is flawed, there’s not much you can do. …

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Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R

For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

High-detail landscape using lidar data

Lidar, which is like radar but with lasers instead of radio waves, can provide high-detail surveys of the land. The …

Constructed Career Paths from Job Switching Data

Shifting from one occupation to another can take a swing in the career path. Given your current job, what paths could you take? Here are some constructed possibilities.

Switching Jobs

When people move to different jobs, here’s where they go.

Percentage of People Who Married, Given Your Age

Or, given your age, the percentage of fish left in the sea. Here’s a chart.

American Daily Routine

Sleep. Work. Play. The times and everything in between change depending on who you talk to.

In 2017, No More than Five Days Without a Mass Shooting

Unfortunately, while of varying magnitude, mass shootings are somewhat regular in the United States.

Who Earns More Income in American Households?

Compared to 1970, a shift towards women making the higher income.

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How to Make a State Map Grid with Small Multiples in R

Combining small multiples with the grid layout can make for an intuitive geographic reference.

Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R

For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

How I Made That: Interactive Heatmap

Add interaction so that you can show different segments of the data and allow comparisons.

Getting Started with Network Graphs in R

Add the vertices. Connect them with edges. Repeat as necessary.

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4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors

These are the quick and simple tools I use to pick colors to represent data.

Falling is Learning

I’ve been teaching my three-year-old son how to ride his bike on two wheels. When I first took off the …

Useless Data Comparisons

Apples and oranges situations where the comparisons make no sense.

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 …