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Check if your school district or college was investigated for civil rights violations

The U.S. Department of Education constantly investigates school districts and …

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History of the word ‘data’

Sandra Rendgen describes the history of “data” the word and …

Finding the best Mario Kart character, statistically speaking

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Visual introduction to bias in machine learning

A few years ago, Stephanie Yee and Tony Chu explained …

Blockchain visually explained

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Little League baseball analytics that would change the game forever

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Vector paths of meaning between words and phrases

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Math gender gap bigger in richer school districts

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Ancient Earth globe shows where you were located 750 million years ago

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What Makes People the Most Happy

It’s in the details of 100,000 moments. I analyzed the crowd-sourced corpus to see what brought the most smiles.

Remote Workers vs. Non-Remote Workers

How the schedules between remote and non-remote workers differ during workdays.

Basketball Stat Cherry Picking

Wow your friends during the game with random win percentages, based on various player stats.

If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”

Imagine that those with immigrants in their family tree left the country. Almost everyone, basically.

Data, R, and a 3-D Printer

We almost always look at data through a screen. It’s quick and good for exploration. So is there value in making data physical? I played around with a 3-D printer to find out.

Visualizing Differences

Focus on finding or displaying contrasting points, and some visual methods are more helpful than others. A guide.

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How I Made That: National Dot Density Map

Mapping one dot per person, it’s all about putting the pieces together.

3-D Printing: How to Prepare the Data in R

Moving your data from the digital screen to something more physical isn’t as tricky as it seems. Here’s how I did it.

How to Make Chord Diagrams in R

Show connections in the circular layout for a more compact presentation.

How to Make Unit Charts with Icon Images in R

Make the unit chart less abstract with icons that represent the data, or use this in place of a bar chart.

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Visualizing Differences

Focus on finding or displaying contrasting points, and some visual methods are more helpful than others. A guide.

Visualizing Outliers

Step 1: Figure out why the outlier exists in the first place. Step 2: Choose from these visualization options to show the outlier.

Visualizing Incomplete and Missing Data

We love complete and nicely formatted data. That’s not what we get a lot of the time.

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.