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Ride on the VR time series roller coaster


Speaking of virtual reality visualization, this Nasdaq roller coaster by Roger Kenny and Ana Asnes Becker for the Wall Street Journal is quite the ride.

Virtual reality map to show Google Trends


More of an experiment, this VR map, by the Google Trends Lab in collaboration with Pitch Interactive, shows what people asked about Brexit leading up to the vote.

Grace Hopper explains a nanosecond with a visual aid

A nanosecond is a billionth of a second, but we’re not very good with really big or tiny numbers. So, Grace Hopper, the inventor of “the first compiler for a computer programming language”, explains to some eager, young minds with a piece of wire.

Modern Family Structure


Nuclear is still the most common, but there are millions of households in the United States with a different family structure.

Piecing together satellite images


You might think piecing together satellite imagery is a straightforward task of lining up latitude and longitude points.

Charting all the Pokemon


Pokemon is everywhere these days. I think it’s just something the world really needs right now. I know very little about the universe, but I do like it when people analyze fictional worlds and characters.

Members Only: How to Make Square Pie Charts in R


Instead of traditional pie charts that rely on angles and arc lengths to show parts of a whole, try this easier-to-read version.

Square pie chart beats out the rest in perception study


Many hate pie charts. Others love them. I think they’re useful but have limitations. Most of these are just feelings though, maybe accompanied by an Edward Tufte quote.

Gun deaths


As an introduction to a series on gun deaths in America, FiveThirtyEight uses a straightforward grid view to show the breakdowns.

Sketchy summary statistics


Ben Orlin of Math With Bad Drawings explains the pitfalls of using summary statistics — mean, median, and mode — to make decisions in life.

Cross-country road trip at a constant 70 degrees


Road trips are fun, but it can be hard to enjoy yourself when you end up in a place during its hottest or coldest day of the year.

R in the data journalism workflow at FiveThirtyEight

R has found its way into a good number of news groups who do data journalism. Andrew Flowers for FiveThirtyEight talks about how they use the statistical computing language throughout their workflow.

Sponsor: Bringing Together Data Journalism and the Digital Humanities →


Thanks to the Digital Humanities and Data Journalism Symposium for sponsoring the feed this week. In 2012 Dan Cohen, founding executive director of the Digital Public Library of America, wrote: “I’ve increasingly felt that digital journalism and digital humanities are kindred spirits.” Inspired by Cohen’s article, the University of Miami is launching the first Digital Humanities and Data Journalism (DH+DJ) Symposium between September 29 and October 1.

How Much Alcohol Americans Drink


Most people have one or two drinks on average, but some consume much more. Read More

History lesson on data visualization


Clive Thompson for Smithsonian Magazine gives a quick history lesson on infographics. [D]ata visualization was rare because data was rare.

Making the Seinfeld theme song with Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex

Last year the New York Times interviewed Justin Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex about how they put together their song Where Are Ü Now.

Moving drought boundaries


Drought continues to trudge along. My grass is just about dead, save a few hearty patches clinging on to the last few drops in the soil.

Charted history of music, from its origins to present


Musicmap is an attempt to show the history of music over time and how it came to be what it is today.

Members Only: Annotating Charts in R


Let the data speak for itself they say. That doesn't work a lot of the time, and when that happens, you need to explain.

Graphing all the music


Glenn McDonald attempts to graph the musical space in its entirety on a two-dimensional scale. He calls it Every Noise at Once.


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