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This is Statistics

Statistics has an image problem. To the general public, it's old, out of touch, and boring. It's a problem because we place stock in a younger generation who you (1) want to be more data literate and (2) lead the way, or at least participate, in all data-related realms.

Network visualization game to understand how a disease spreads


Vax, a game by Ellsworth Campbell and Isaac Bromley, explores how a disease spreads through a network, starting with just one infected person.

Explorations of People Movements, From Groups to the Individual


In 2010, I surveyed visual explorations of traffic, and it was all about how cars, planes, trains, and ships moved about their respective landscapes.

Civilian casualties in Gaza


Lazaro Gamio and Richard Johnson for the Washington Post cover civilian deaths in the recent Gaza conflict, namely child civilians.

How well we don’t understand probability

All Things Considered on NPR ran a fine series on how we interpret probability and uncertainty. It came in five bits (plus one follow-up), each five to ten minutes long.

Too many numbers

Numbers is a short film by Robert Hloz where some people see numbers appear above others' heads. What the numbers are varies by the person with the ability, and it turns out knowing can be a blessing and a curse.

A decade of Yelp review trends


Yelp released an amusing tool that lets you see how the use of word in reviews has changed over the site's decade of existence.

Senator John Walsh plagiarism, color-coded


John Walsh, the U.S. Senator from Montana, is in the news lately for plagiarizing a large portion of his final paper towards his master's degree.

A more visual world data portal


One of the most annoying parts of downloading data from large portals is that you never quite know what you're gonna get.

Members Only: How to Make an Interactive Treemap


Treemaps are useful to view and explore hierarchical data. Interaction can help you look at the data in greater detail.

Large-ish data packages in R

If you've played around with R enough, there comes a time when you just need some data to mess around with.

Editing photos as if they were audio files


Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos.

Voter approval rates as butt plugs

From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago), tossed them in a 3-D program, made the molds to match, and poured in some silicon.

Misery index based on perceived temperature


Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg.

You get a personal data site, and you get one, and you too


Personal data collection keeps getting easier and more efficient. Much of what was manual or clunky a few years ago is now automatic, done via the phone we carry every day anyway.

Flights around Ukraine


The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in the area.

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models. The USGS-led mapping effort reveals that the Martian surface is generally older than previously thought.

Spiky betting odds during LeBron James decision


LeBron James decided to head back to Cleveland, so naturally the odds that they win the championship went up.

How much underwear to bring on a trip


Packing underwear for a short trip is easy. You just pack a pair for each day you're away. However, longer trips require extra planning.

Visualization Education Mailbag

It's around that time of year when more people than usual ask for advice about degrees in statistics, career paths in visualization, and how to get started with something that looks awesome.


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