Statistical Visualization

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Wikipedia views and every line of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

In the biggest crossover event of the century, Tom Lum used the Wikipedia API to chart the number of views for every reference in Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire. Yes. [via @waxpancake] Tags: Billy Joel, humor, Wikipedia

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Readability of privacy policies for big tech companies

For The New York Times, Kevin Litman-Navarro plotted the length and readability of privacy policies for large companies: To see exactly how inscrutable they have become, I analyzed the length and readability of privacy policies from nearly 150 popular websites and apps. Facebook’s privacy policy, for example, takes around 18 minutes to read in its entirety – slightly above average for the policies I tested. The comparison is between websites...

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Increasing ocean temperatures, decreasing ice

For National Geographic, Kennedy Elliot made a series of heatmaps that show the relative shifts in the ocean: The oceans don’t just soak up excess heat from the atmosphere; they also absorb excess carbon dioxide, which is changing the chemistry of seawater, making it more acidic. “Ocean acidification is one simple and inescapable consequence of rising atmospheric CO2 that is both predictable and impossible to attribute to any other cause,”...

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Getting to zero coal in Britain

For The Guardian, Niko Kommenda shows the decrease in coal usage for power since 2012. As of this writing, it’s been just under 11 straight days with 0% of power generated by burning coal. The data comes from Gridwatch, which in turn scrapes reports using the Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service from Elexon. Is there a US equivalent? Tags: coal, energy, Guardian

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Game of Thrones viewer ratings by season

The last episode is coming. Some people don’t like how it’s ending, and the IMDB ratings seem to reflect this. For The Upshot, Josh Katz and K.K. Rebecca Lai charted the changes over the seasons. Reminds of me of the (now defunct) Graph TV a while back. Tags: Game of Thrones, imdb, ratings, Upshot

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Pitch speed distribution, a decrease with age

Pitch speed starts to decrease with a baseball player’s age at some point. This makes sense. That’s why athletes retire. The Statcast pitch distributions show when this happens for individual players, categorized by pitch type. I like the transparent distributions for past seasons as a mode of comparison. [via @statpumpkin] Tags: age, baseball, speed

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Remixing the grocery receipt with data visualization

In prototyping mode, Susie Lu incorporated visualization into the common receipt from the grocery store. It gives a price breakdown for money spent on an actual receipt-sized paper using the same thermal printer you might see at the store. It reminds me of the redesigned nutrition facts on a milk carton. Whatever happened to that trend of sticking visualization on everyday things? I think it’s comeback time. Tags: receipt, remake

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Game of Thrones books versus television series

I think I started watching Game of Thrones around the fourth season (my wife gave me the cliffs notes), so I’ve missed a bunch, but I’ve seen enough now where I have to know what happens from here on out. For those deeper into it, here’s a comparison between the books and the television series by Alyssa Karla Mungcal, Jocelyn Tan, and Pooja Sharma. The above is an overview, but...

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Chart chooser based on data format

There are many chart types to choose from, which is great, because there’s always something to fit your needs. But sometimes the variety can be daunting, because it can feel like there are too many to sift through. Steven Franconeri proposes this chart chooser based on data format to make selection more straightforward: This is a contrast, or rather a complement, to other chart choosers based on what you want...

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Stephen Curry scores every arena’s popcorn

I marked this article for later reading. It’s about Stephen Curry’s love of popcorn as a pre-game and half-time snack. Sounded amusing. Then I got to it and discovered that he scores every arena’s popcorn on a five-factor, five-point scale using a worksheet. Nice. See the full scorecard. Tags: New York Times, popcorn, Stephen Curry

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