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Best time to visit DMV


I think there are people who still go to the Department of Motor Vehicles without an appointment. Because who doesn't like a good session of waiting in line?

R site updated


The R site has a new face. It looked dated for years — maybe decades — so I'm glad it got a refresh (with further updates in the coming months I assume).

[Members Only] How to Make and Use Bar Charts in R


The chart type seems simple enough, but there sure are a lot of bad ones out there. Get yourself out of default mode.

Probably not a heat map


A heat map is a grid of numbers colored by value. I wrote a quick tutorial on how to make the now common statistical visualization.

Where to Find Jeopardy! Daily Doubles


Placement of Daily Double clues, from season 14 up to now. Watch them play out. Continue reading →

Madden ratings formula


In football video game Madden, NFL players are scored based on skill, which determines how they play in the game.

rvest: R package to scrape web data

Inspired by the Python libraries RoboBrowser and BeautifulSoup, the rvest package by Hadley Wickham helps you scrape web data via R in a similar way.

Spreadsheets for life

Planet Money goes back to a 1984 article by Steven Levy that discusses this new thing called a spreadsheet.

Texas hold ‘em win probabilities


Software engineer Chris Beaumont visualized the strength of opponent hands in Texas hold 'em, given any other hand.

Gambler’s perspective on sports team win probabilities


Michael Beuoy's win probability model plotted on FiveThirtyEight starts all NBA teams at a 50% chance of winning.

Every NBA team’s chances of winning, by game minute


Michael Beuoy made a win probability model for NBA teams and games, based on play-by-play data from 2000 to 2012.

Identifying cheaters in test results, a simple method


Jonathan Dushoff has had issues with students in his population biology class cheating on his exams. One year there was suspicious behavior, but Dushoff or the proctors weren't able to prove the students cheated as it happened.

Bayes’ theorem explained with LEGO bricks


Bayes' theorem is covered in introduction to statistics and probability courses, but I think a lot of people starting out don't understand it conceptually.

White House appoints first US Chief Data Scientist

Did you hear the news? The White House officially appointed DJ Patil as the federal government's first ever Chief Data Scientist.

A photo of everything touched, for 11 years


Artist Alberto Frigo took a picture of every object he used with his right hand for the past 11 years.

Top 1% earners versus bottom 90%


Quoctrung Bui for Planet Money plotted average income for the top one percent of earners against the average income of the bottom 90%, from 1920 to 2012.

[Members Only] Make an Interactive Map with Category Filters


Let readers focus on the regions they care about to make their own comparisons and conclusions. Continue reading →

Impact of vaccines throughout history


Not that anyone who does not vaccinate their kids cares, but Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal show the change in number of cases for various diseases after a vaccination is introduced.

Loading Data and Basic Formatting in R


It might not be sexy, but you have to load your data and get it in the right format before you can visualize it.

Automated Tinder and the Eigenface


Because using Tinder takes up oh so much time swiping, swiping, and swiping, Justin Long made a bot that swipes and starts conversations for him.


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