BuzzFeed

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Machine learning to find spy planes

Last year, BuzzFeed News went looking for surveillance flight paths from the FBI and Homeland Security. Peter Aldhous describes how they did it. They used machine learning — a random forest algorithm to be more specific — to find the spy planes, which as you might expect tended to circle around more than normal flights. Tags: BuzzFeed, flights, machine learning

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An average life as interpretive dance

BuzzFeed used interpretive dance to describe the average age of the milestones in our lives, from birth, losing the first tooth, marriage, and death. The data points serve more as background, as a way to provide a timeline of events, and the dancing is the primary focus. I found myself drawn to the comments on YouTube. Typically a cesspool of idiocy and more idiocy, the comment section in this case...

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US surveillance flight paths for the FBI and Homeland Security

Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife dug into flight path data, specifically looking for flights manned by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The government’s airborne surveillance has received little public scrutiny — until now. BuzzFeed News has assembled an unprecedented picture of the operation’s scale and sweep by analyzing aircraft location data collected by the flight-tracking website Flightradar24 from mid-August to the end of December last year, identifying...

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Death of apps via tweets

Apps peak and die on a regular basis. One day everyone is giving an app a go and your feed fills up with links to the service, and the next it's business as usual. BuzzFeed took a straightforward look at such trends through the eyes of tweets. All they had to do was count tweets that linked to particular service over time. Tags: BuzzFeed, Twitter

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