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Relative size of astronomy stuff


Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with.

Prostitution, GDP, and £1.7 billion due

David Spiegelhalter, professor of public understanding of risk, does some back-of-the-napkin math to describe why recent prostitution estimates for the UK are problematic.

Decline of women in computer science


NPR spent some time on the subject of the decline of women in computer science. Whereas the the percentage of women in other technical fields rose, the percentage of women in computer science declined, as shown in the chart above.

Chess piece survival rates


On Quora, someone asked, "What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces in average games?

Statistically ignorant


Ipsos MORI, primarily a marketing research group I think, released results of their study on public perception of demographics versus reality, on numbers such as immigration, religion, and life expectancy.

Halloween costume rankings


Accompanying their segment on Halloween stores stocking costumes, NPR ranks bestsellers for the past four years, based on data from the National Retail Foundation.

Breakout detection in R


Say you have time series data and you want to detect significant changes, but there's also a lot of noise to sift through.

Neurons conversing

Adam Cohen and his group are using genetically-modified neurons that light up when the cells activate to see the communication between neurons in high detail.

Neurons conversing

Adam Cohen and his group are using genetically-modified neurons that light up when the cells activate to see the communication between neurons in high detail.

Neurons conversing

Adam Cohen and his group are using genetically-modified neurons that light up when the cells activate to see the communication between neurons in high detail.

Affordable Care Act progress report


The New York Times takes a data-centric look at the progress of the Affordable Health Care Act here in the United States.

Curse of dimensionality, interactive demo


Jeff Leek was trying to explain the curse of dimensionality and realized that there had to be a better way!

Curse of dimensionality, interactive demo


Jeff Leek was trying to explain the curse of dimensionality and realized that there had to be a better way!

Data Fluency is Out Now


Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication, by Zach and Chris Gemignani, is the latest addition to the FlowingData book series.

Data Fluency is Out Now


Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication, by Zach and Chris Gemignani, is the latest addition to the FlowingData book series.

Job Board, October 2014

Looking for a job in data science, visualization, or statistics? There are openings on the board. Business Intelligence Analyst for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Maryland.

New York Times mapmakers

When news breaks, maps often accompany stories (or the maps are the story), and cartographers and graphics people have to work quickly.

Visual summary of skateboarding tournament


George Murphy visualized the results of this year's skateboarding tournament Battle at the Berrics 7.

Moving Past Default Charts


Customizing your charts doesn't have to be a time-intensive process. With just a teeny bit more effort, you can get something that fits your needs.

F1 racing winners and age


So here's a sport I don't see or hear much about. F1 racing, which requires a different sort of strength and agility than say football or basketball, has a wide range of ages.


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