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“My 52 Books of 2017: A Data-Driven Look Back”

by / January 16, 2018 / Uncategorized

Viz-ing my wife’s crazy book-reading habits… Source: Hey Elise Via: Elise Hu It suppose it was fortuitous that the year I decided to read 52 books was also a year the news was an epic dumpster fire. I needed the escape from reading news alerts. But reading MORE than I already do was tricky, when...

“My 52 Books of 2017: A Data-Driven Look Back”

Viz-ing my wife’s crazy book-reading habits… Source: Hey Elise Via: Elise Hu It suppose it was fortuitous that the year I decided to read 52 books was also a year the news was an epic dumpster fire. I needed the escape from reading news alerts. But reading MORE than I already do was tricky, when a huge chunk of my job is simply reading, writing, and then… Read more at:...

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Wikipedia’s Lamest Edit Wars 2018

Aluminium or Aluminum? “Gas” or “Petrol”? Should a photo of a giant spider really be placed in the entry for ‘arachnophobia’? Explore some of the longest, lamest edit wars on Wikipedia in this interactive infographic. » See the graphic

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Mapping global accessibility to cities

From The Malaria Atlas Project, a global map of estimated accessibility to cities: In the present study, we quantify and validate global accessibility to high-density urban centres at a resolution of 1×1 kilometre for 2015, as measured by travel time. The last global mapping effort to measure accessibility was for the year 2000, a time that predates both substantial investment and expansion of transportation infrastructure and an extraordinary improvement in...

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Statistical detection of potential child abuse cases

Dan Hurley, reporting for The New York Times, describes the use of statistical software to assist call screeners: [T]he decision to screen out or in was not Byrne’s alone. In August 2016, Allegheny County became the first jurisdiction in the United States, or anywhere else, to let a predictive-analytics algorithm — the same kind of sophisticated pattern analysis used in credit reports, the automated buying and selling of stocks and...

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Scale comparison of wildfires

The past few days in California has been non-stop rain, but the months before that, there was unprecedented wildfires in the state. Lauren Tierney, reporting for The Washington Post, provides an overview along with a scale comparison of 2017’s biggest fire against anywhere on the globe. Tags: California, fires, scale, Washington Post

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When data is not quite what it seems

FiveThirtyEight used a dataset on broadband as the basis for a couple of stories. The data appears to be flawed, which makes for a flawed analysis. From their post mortem: We should have been more careful in how we used the data to help guide where to report out our stories on inadequate internet, and we were reminded of an important lesson: that just because a data set comes from...

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[For Members] How to Make Venn Diagrams in R

The usually abstract, qualitative and sometimes quantitative chart type shows relationships. You can make them in R, if you must. Read More

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Most Common Passwords + Analysis

Compiled from multiple data breaches. Our analysis reveals that peoples’ choices of password fall into 10 categories. Where does yours fit? » explore the visualization

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When the interesting pattern ends up just being computer byproduct

Good lesson here. Christian Laesser was playing around with receipt data and initially thought he had a fun pattern at hand. It looked like the shopper always put things in his or her cart in the same order every time. It turns out though that the order just came from the computer ordering items by category. It had nothing to do with shopping order. Familiarize yourself with your data source...

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Unconstitutional gerrymandering

Alan Blinder and Michael Wines reporting for The New York Times: A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s congressional map on Tuesday, condemning it as unconstitutional because Republicans had drawn the map seeking a political advantage. The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because of a partisan gerrymander, and it instantly endangered Republican seats in the coming elections. Go math....

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