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Alone Time


It’s harder to make friends as you get older. There aren’t as many (forced) opportunities to find them and we grow pickier with who we spend our time with.

Parts of America that most resemble the future


The Census Bureau released estimates for demographic breakdowns for each county — in 2060. With these estimates as the baseline, Niraj Chokshi and Quoctrung Bui for The Upshot compared it against current population estimates.

When babies are born, the cycle


Movies would have you believe that birth is random and unpredictable. (And if you haven’t been part of the birth process, you’d be surprised by how slow it actually is.) While uncertainty is always in play, there’s a certain cycle to it all.

Email Deletion Flowchart


We all get a lot of emails, and there’s a large subset of them that almost instantly end up in the archive or the trash bin.

A thousand ways to draw a thing


Google released the Quick, Draw! dataset, so the closer looks at the collection of 100,000 sketches are coming in.

A guide for using open data to combat corruption

Open Up: A Guide to Using Open Data to Combat Corruption is free for download. A broad understanding of corruption recognises that it is not just about isolated acts between two different agents: the one who offers a bribe, and the one who receives it.

Data Everywhere, Statisticians Anywhere

I had the honor to deliver the commencement speech at the UCLA Statistics graduation this past weekend.

Circle drawing as an indicator for culture


Thu-Huong Ha and Nikhil Sonnad for Quartz looked at the doodling dataset from Google, in search of cultural differences hidden in how we draw circles around the world.

Normal coffee

Nerd humor: Asked for a normal coffee ☕ pic.twitter.com/JoakebV9xN — Matt Moores (@MooresMt) June 14, 2017 That barista deserves a tip.

Looking for culture expression in 50 million doodles


Using Google’s Quick Draw dataset, a collection of 50 million drawings across 345 categories, Mauro Martino looked for visual differences and similarities across countries in how people doodle.

Members Only: How to Make a Multi-line Step Chart in R


For the times your data represents immediate changes in value. Read More

Mappings for Choose Your Own Adventure books


Every now and then there’s a visual exploration of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. It seems that each gets a bit more complex, so I appreciate the simplicity of these official maps from Chooseco, which shows the structure of each book.

Moving ice


Ice in Antartica is in constant (very slow) motion, and as ocean waters warm, the flow of ice accelerates.

The Warriors’ Championship Path


As expected, this time, the Golden State Warriors won the championship last night. Go Dubs. Tags: basketball, sports, Warriors

Gun emoji usage analysis


Jane Solomon collected tweets that used the gun emoji, and looked at what emojis were used before and after as a way to see how people used the gun.

Politics of religious leaders


Kevin Quealy for The Upshot looks at political party registration of religious leaders, along with their demographics.

Members Only: Symbols-based Charts to Show Counts in R


Add visual weight by using individual items to show counts. Read More

Geocities map, a snapshot of an old web


Geocities was a place on the web you could create your own space of blinking lights and MIDI tunes. There were millions of spaces modeled after a city.

Pollution popsicles


Students at the National Taiwan University of Arts made popsicles using sewage runoff to highlight pollution problems in their area.

R programming with Minecraft


The new R package miner is an interface to Minecraft via some simple R commands. The miner package provides just a few simple functions to manipulate the game world: find or move a player’s position; add or remove blocks in the world; send a message to all players in the world.


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