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Tax changes for different groups

There’s less than a month until taxes are due. It’s the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it? As you probably know, there are some changes in deductions, limits, and refund amounts this year, but who the changes affect depends on many variables. For Bloomberg, Ben Steverman and Marie Patino, provide an easier-to-follow breakdown of common groups and variables, how the groups’ total taxes differ from last year, and how...

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Higher turnout for midterm elections

Bloomberg charted voter turnout for the just past midterm elections, comparing 2018 against 2014. As you might expect, there are a lot of blue arrows pointed up and to the left. Turnout decreased in only two districts. Tags: Bloomberg, elections

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Maps of the issues mentioned most in election advertising

As the midterm elections loom, the ads focusing on key issues are running in full force. Using data from Nielsen, Bloomberg mapped the issues talked about across the country. Bloomberg News analyzed more than 3 million election ads for 2018 congressional and gubernatorial races to get a sense of the most commonly discussed issue in 210 local television markets, as defined by the Nielsen Company. Across the U.S., 16 different...

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How America uses its land

Dave Merrill and Lauren Leatherby for Bloomberg visualized land use for the conterminous United States using a pixel-like grid map: The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure. Using surveys, satellite images and categorizations from various government agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture divides the...

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Using statistical models to win almost a $1B in horse-race gambling

Kit Chellel for Bloomberg tells the riveting gambling story of Bill Benter, who used statistics to model horse-racing in Japan. My favorite part is the pre-Internet process Benter took to collect data and predict results: Benter’s model required his undivided attention. It monitored only about 20 inputs—just a fraction of the infinite factors that influence a horse’s performance, from wind speed to what it ate for breakfast. In pursuit of...

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Jobless Claims at Five-Decade Low

The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was president, according to new data from the U.S. Labor Department. The figures suggest a tight labor market in which employers are retaining employees because there aren’t as many available qualified workers, Bloomberg reported: Overall, the employment picture remains solid, with payrolls continuing to increase and the unemployment rate at the lowest since late...

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Who marries who, by profession

People with certain professions tend to marry others with a given profession. Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell for Bloomberg Business were curious. When it comes to falling in love, it’s not just fate that brings people together—sometimes it’s their jobs. We scanned data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey—which covers 3.5 million households—to find out how people are pairing up. You get a matrix of professions organized...

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Finding meaning in Big Blue California

Via Twitter, Pat complained that this Bloomberg graphic is confusing: The accompanying article is here. The gist of the report is that electric cars are much more popular on the West coast because the fuel efficiency of such cars goes down dramatically in colder climates. (Well, there are political reasons too, also discussed in the article.) What makes this chart confusing? Our eyes are drawn to big blue California, and...

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ASCII business report

Bloomberg put together their list of 50 companies to watch in 2016. For each business is a chart or graphic, and the whole thing is in ASCII text. And in case you're wondering, yes, you can view it as a plain text file. All I need now is my old dot matrix printer. Tags: Ascii, Bloomberg

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Stock trading game

Bloomberg Business has an interesting stock trading game with a simple premise. A time series line starts at the beginning of a stock's life and runs its course all the while you buy and sell trying to profit. Click and hold the mouse button to buy, and release to sell. The key is to click when the stock price is low and to release when it's high. Of course, this...

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