Posts Tagged ‘ current events ’

Another look at ideology of the US congress

November 5, 2012
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Another look at ideology of the US congress

In response to last week's post on the rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party, Mike Lawrence suggested another way of looking at the DW-NOMINATE ideology data. Rather than simply looking at boxplots of the congress scores by party over time, we could fit a smooth curve to get a better sense of the trends over time. Mike...

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Watch Obama and Romney criss-cross the US

November 1, 2012
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Watch Obama and Romney criss-cross the US

The Washington Post has an interactive graphic showing the rate at which the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have visited the various states for campaign rallies and fundraisers. Here's how it looks today: You can clearly see the focus on key swing states like Florida and Ohio, as well as non-competitive (but donor-rich) states like California...

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More data apps spawned by Sandy

October 31, 2012
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More data apps spawned by Sandy

As the clean-up continues on the eastern seaboard, I wanted to follow up on Monday's post on tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data with a couple of other R-based data applications spawned by the storm. Josef Fruehwald created an R script to tap into local weather sensors to keep track of air pressure, wind speed and rainfall near his...

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Tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data and R

October 29, 2012
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Tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data and R

Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be a major, and very dangerous, meteorological event for the US's East coast. Naturally, everyone is looking for the latest information and forecasts. Fortunately, the wealth of public meteorological data available on the open web, combined with real-time on-the-ground updates via social media, means that an ecosystem of on-line apps is now available...

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The role of Statistics in the Higgs Boson discovery

July 3, 2012
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The role of Statistics in the Higgs Boson discovery

News is starting to leak that the Large Hadron Collider may have accomplished its primary mission of confirming the existence of the hypothesised and heretofore elusive subatomic particle, the Higgs Boson. And sure, billions of Euros worth of state-of-the-art high-energy machinery and an army of experimental and theoretical physicists probably had something to do with the discovery. But did...

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NYT charts the Facebook IPO with R

May 23, 2012
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NYT charts the Facebook IPO with R

In conjunction with Facebook's record-setting IPO last Thursday, the New York Times created an infographic to put the size of the offer in context with other recent IPOs. A detail of the graphic as it appeared in the print edition appears below: ChartsNThings gives a fascinating peek into the weeklong process that went into creating this chart, where about...

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The grade level of Congress speeches, analyzed with R

May 22, 2012
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The grade level of Congress speeches, analyzed with R

As widely reported by CNN, the Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, the sophistication of speeches by US politicians has declined in recent years, dropping from an 11th-grade level in 2005 to a 10th-grade level today. The reports are based on an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, based on textual analysis of congressional speeches given since 1996 provided by the...

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Mariano Rivera’s baseball prowess, illustrated with R

May 11, 2012
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Mariano Rivera’s baseball prowess, illustrated with R

Kevin Quealy, graphics editor at the New York Times, has published another fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the Times creates data visualizations for print and online. In his latest post, he looks at how a visualization of the Yankee's Mariano Rivera performance compared to other Major League Baseball pitchers was created. (Detail below, click for the full image.) The...

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Bigger data, better intelligence for government

March 28, 2012
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Tomorrow (at 2PM Eastern on Thursday), the White House White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a 90-minute forum on Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data. You can watch the event live at the previous link, and see federal government science heads from OSTP, NSF, NIH, DoE, DoD, DARPA and USGS outline how their agencies are...

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Kony 2012: How to weaken your argument with charts

March 12, 2012
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Kony 2012: How to weaken your argument with charts

If the goal of the Invisible Children campaign, which has received millions of dollars of contributions since the Kony 2012 video went viral, is to convince us that the money is being put to humanitarian efforts, they could do a lot better than this chart: Putting 37% of expenses into programs in Africa is a decent result -- many...

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