Articles by Patrick Rhodes

Global Fires, the Amazon and Humans

May 23, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Fires are natural - most of the time (click on image for larger view). Natural Global Fires Many plants and animals have evolved to depend on fires periodically occurring in certain parts of the world. This phenomenon has been occurring for... [Read more...]

The NFL: Pass or Lose

May 9, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

The rushing game is slowly disappearing. Heave That Sucker When it doubt, chunk the pigskin. Whether you like it or not, NFL (National Football League) teams are relying upon passing more and more. Looking at the above chart, the average p... [Read more...]

Finding Earth II

May 2, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

By 2030, we will have found approximately 10,000 exoplanets. "If it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space." -- from the movie Contact (1997) based on the book Contact by Carl Sagan. By the year 2030, it's possible that over ten th... [Read more...]

Flying: Boredom and Terror

April 11, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Data represents all planes (not just commercial planes) for the United States "There are only two emotions on a plane: boredom and terror." -- Orson Welles, interview to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Times of London, 6 May 1985. ... [Read more...]

Enjoy Low Income Tax Rates

April 4, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Tax rates were higher in the past... Joe derisively snorted at the pay stub in his hand. Crumpling it into a ball, he wound up like a baseball pitcher and fast-balled the wad of paper across the room. It bounced unsatisfyi... [Read more...]

U.S. Soldiers Died from What?

March 28, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Prior to WWII, the majority of soldiers died from disease and infection. The Invisible Enemy Often Killed You Before Your Political Enemy Imagine the scene: thousands of military men laying on cots, makeshift beds, or the floor ... [Read more...]

March Madness! Wanna Win?

March 14, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description: Winning percentage of all NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Champions. Analysis: Down by one, the ball spins in his hand as he dribbles up the floor. With tennis shoes squeaking, he feints left, then right. Glancing up at the clock,... [Read more...]

Airline Fares Decreasing Steadily

March 5, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description: Yearly average airline fare since 1995. Data: Analysis: When taking the average price of domestic airline fares, there is a clear trend indicating that flying is becoming more affordable - when adjusted for infl... [Read more...]

Massive Increase in Ethanol Production

February 29, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description: Yearly production of Ethanol in the United States since 1980. Data: Analysis: When it comes to fuel - especially for transportation - oil is king. In 2010, the United States imported 180.8 billion gallons ... [Read more...]

R-Bloggers Steadily Growing

February 15, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description: Number of blogs aggregated into the R-Bloggers news site. Data: Analysis: R-Bloggers is a website devoted to news and tutorials related to the R programming language. The content is generated by a growing ... [Read more...]

We Keep Our Vehicles Longer

February 8, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description: Average age of passenger cars and light trucks in the United States since 1995. The gray area represents the possible variance of the trend line with 95% confidence. Data: [Read more...]

ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

January 25, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Description:ESPN 'experts' predict the National Football League wins/losses each week.  The above chart shows the percentage of their correct guesses and an overall trend, week by week.Data: graph shows an i...
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January 18, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

Graph of the Week is blacked out today (January 18, 2012) to join in the online protest to the SOPA and PIPA bills.Helpful links:
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