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Taxi ride volume during Super Bowl key moments

A high percentage of Americans are glued to the television or party sample platter during the Super Bowl each year, which is especially obvious if you go anywhere without a television during this time.

Sponsor: Metis Data Science Open House →

Thanks to Metis for sponsoring the feed this week.   Tuesday, February 9 Metis, San Francisco 633 Folsom Street, 6th Floor RSVP   Visit Metis in San Francisco on Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30 - 8pm and meet the instructors, students of our Data Science Bootcamp.

Wind prediction and potential power

As we use up current energy resources, it grows more important to look to alternative energy sources.

Campaign Finance API moves to ProPublica

Back in 2008, the New York Times rolled out a campaign finance API so that you could easily access data based on Federal Election Commission filings.

Catalog of criminal justice data

There's a lot of data on criminal justice — prison populations, crime rates, police policies, etc — but it can be hard to find, because it's scattered across and deep within thousands of local sites.

Role of empathy in visualization

On the PolicyViz podcast, Kim Rees of Periscopic and Mushon Zer-Aviv of Shual Design Studio discuss whether or not empathy plays a role in visualization.

Small multiples for NBA game differentials

Adam Pearce charted minute-by-minute point differentials for NBA games during the 2014-15 season. To squeeze distribution in, I had to make a couple of trade offs.

Game: Guess the correlation

Guess the Correlation is a straightforward game where you do just that, and it's surprisingly fun. You get a scatterplot and you guess the correlation coefficient.

Sum of life’s parts

What if you relived life's activities in big clumps? Thirty years of sleeping in one go. Five months sitting on the toilet.

Same source, different styles

Jaakko Seppälä drew ten comic characters, each in its original style and in the style of the other nine.

Satellite time-lapse of Earth

Charlie Loyd, who works with satellite imagery at Mapbox, put together a 12-second time-lapse of Earth using a day of data from Japan's weather satellite Himawari-8.

Amanda Cox is new editor of The Upshot

The Upshot, the data analysis-centric site from the New York Times, has a new editor, and her name is Amanda Cox.

Playing with fonts using neural networks

Erik Bernhardsson downloaded 50,000 fonts and then threw them to the neural networks to see what sort of letters a model might come up with.

Missing 11th of the month

David Hagan looked closer at why the 11th of the month appeared to be missing in books. As with many modern curiosities, it began with an xkcd comic.

Counting your days left with emoji

While we're on the topic of life expectancy, Tim Urban of Wait But Why used a simplified estimate of average life span and then extrapolated for various events in one's life.

Kaggle Datasets for a place to converge on public data

Kaggle just opened up a Datasets section to download and analyze public data. At Kaggle, we want to help the world learn from data.

US Census Bureau open source

It took forever and it's way overdue, but the United States Census Bureau has committed to an open source policy, which seems pretty sweet.

How You Will Die

So far we've seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let's put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

Nerdy Powerball FAQ

The Powerball FAQ was most likely written by a slightly annoyed statistician. You'd think the FAQ would be full of legalese and vague statements, but it reads more like notes from the know-it-all in your Stat 101 class.

Punctuation only in literary works

What do you get if you take famous literary works, strip out all the words, and only look at the punctuation?