Best of FlowingData – March 2010

March was a really good month for FlowingData. Thanks again everyone for sending me link suggestions, sharing on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, etc, and just being all-around cool readers.

In case you missed them, here are the top posts from March, based on a combination of pageviews and comments.

  1. Data Underload #12 – Famous Movie Quotes
  2. Challenge: Let’s do something with these 3-D pyramids
  3. Think like a statistician – without the math
  4. Canada: the country that pees together stays together
  5. Mapping GitHub – a network of collaborative coders
  6. Japan, the strange country, in motion graphics
  7. Powerpoint and dying kittens
  8. How Genetics Works
  9. Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first
  10. What burger chain reigns supreme?

From the Forums

There’s also some good stuff from the FD forums.

If you’ve got job openings or data-related events, feel free to post your links there. And of course you’re always welcome to ask data visualization questions there too.

Favorites

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.