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State Rorschach

Stare at boundary lines long enough, and you'll start to see weird things too. Continue reading →

Questionable fumble statistics for Deflate-Gate

A data-centric look at New England Patriots fumble rates at home made the rounds this week. The most cited tidbit was that there is only a 1 in 16,233 chance that the Patriots achieved the lower rate via randomness.

Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers in Greenland by flying a plane over the Greenland Ice Sheet and pulsing radar to gather information.

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century.

[Sponsor] Beer, Pizza & Data Science

Thanks to Metis for sponsoring the feed this week. Metis, known for their data science bootcamps in New York City, is holding a Data Science Open House on February 3.

Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things: These 3-D printed sculptures, called aniforms, are designed to animate when spun under a strobe light.

Snow depth by dogs

For the US east coasters and their pets. Tags: BBC, snow

Members Only: Choropleth Maps and Shapefiles in R

Fill those empty polygons with color. Continue reading →

Sexual insecurities found in Google search results

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz continues with his Google search data-related op-eds for the New York Times.

Metrocard purchasing workflows compared

The process to purchase a MetroCard for the New York Subway is different from the process to purchase tickets for the Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco.

The dots are people

The simple analysis is to approach data blind, as machine output. But this almost always produces an incomplete analysis and a detached, less than meaningful visualization.

Being dangerous

Think big data, and it's tough not to associate it with big corporations who have their own interests in mind.

Convert geographic data to 3-D models for printing

This seems like fun. The NodeJS package shp2stl by Doug McCune lets you convert a shapefile to a 3-D model, which can then send to your favorite 3-D printer (because you know we all have at least two of them lying around).

Book checkouts from the British Library

In efforts to emphasize the importance of the library (very), the British Library released a video that simply shows ten minutes of book checkouts.

Whale songs visualized

It's been known for decades that the sounds that whales make show patterns and have a certain musicality to them.

How Americans Get to Work

The way that people get around can say a lot about how a place is made up. Here's an interactive map that shows how people get to work in America.

Feeling hot, hot, hot

When you look at overall global temperatures over time, you see a rising line and new heat records set.

Chart none of the things

When it comes to storytelling, copious amounts of data often means lots of charts. Sometimes though, a chart isn't what you need.

Genetic algorithm walkers

If you ever wondered what it looks like when QWOP-like figures learn to walk through mutation as dictated by a simplified genetic algorithm, here's your answer.

Basic chart, wrong conclusions

A short post on Bloomberg from 2013 describes the fall of U.S. mens' income for the past forty years.