From the Forums: Challenges, Data, Questions

Aug 12, 2008

The FlowingData forums have been up for a few weeks now, and it’s been fun watching it slowly grow. Thanks to those who’ve joined the community and a big thank you to those who have helped the community develop by posting topics, questions, and data.

Some Recent Topics

Visualizing Comic Book Saleshijinx, a comic book retailer, uses data to decide how to stock his inventory. What books sellout in the first week? Which ones are sell at a slower rate, but for a longer period of time?

The Complex Venn Diagram Problem – Venn diagrams can be useful and intuitive, but once you have a need to show more than 3 categories, things start to get messy. JulianF wonders if there are any more creative options out there.

Do You Want My Personal Fluids (Data)?Tim collects data about himself like no other. He offers his data for all the drinks he’s consumed over the past 6 months. I’m sure someone can have some fun with that data.

Visualize Flight Delays. Win $1,000.Hadley posts details for Data Expo 2009. It’s 20 years and 12 gigabytes of flights in the United States. Can you make sense of it all? Keep an eye out here on FlowingData as I have some fun with this dataset in the coming weeks.

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Favorites

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.