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March Madness! Wanna Win?

March 14, 2012
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March Madness! Wanna Win?

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,...

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Airline Fares Decreasing Steadily

March 5, 2012
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Airline Fares Decreasing Steadily

Description: Yearly average airline fare since 1995. Data: http://www.bts.gov/ 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...

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Massive Increase in Ethanol Production

February 29, 2012
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Massive Increase in Ethanol Production

Description: Yearly production of Ethanol in the United States since 1980. Data: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/ Analysis: When it comes to fuel - especially for transportation - oil is king. In 2010, the United States imported 180.8 billion gallons ...

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The New York Yankees Payroll vs Everyone Else (Major League Baseball)

February 22, 2012
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The New York Yankees Payroll vs Everyone Else (Major League Baseball)

Description: Major League Baseball payrolls for all teams since 1985. The New York Yankees payroll is highlighted with results defined by the shape of the point.Data:http://www.baseball-databank.org/ Analysis: For years fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) have been crying...

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R-Bloggers Steadily Growing

February 15, 2012
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R-Bloggers Steadily Growing

Description: Number of blogs aggregated into the R-Bloggers news site. Data: https://www.r-bloggers.com/ Analysis: R-Bloggers is a website devoted to news and tutorials related to the R programming language. The content is generated by a growing ...

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We Keep Our Vehicles Longer

February 8, 2012
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We Keep Our Vehicles Longer

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: https://www.polk.com/company/news/average_age_of_vehicles_...

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Are Recessions Environmentally Beneficial?

February 1, 2012
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Are Recessions Environmentally Beneficial?

Description:Total energy consumption in the United States by sector.  Vertical gray lines represent periodsof recession.Data:http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/index.cfm#consumptionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recessions_in_the_Uni...

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ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

January 25, 2012
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ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

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:http://espn.go.com/nfl/picksAnalysis:The graph shows an i...

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SOPA / PIPA

January 18, 2012
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SOPA / PIPA

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:http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/technical-examination-of-sopa-and.htmlhttp://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/01/18/0834219/ask-sla...

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Annual Average Retail Gas Prices (adjusted for inflation) – United States

January 11, 2012
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Annual Average Retail Gas Prices (adjusted for inflation) – United States

Description:Annual retail gas prices since 1950, split by Leaded and Unleaded and adjusted for inflation.Data:http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/index.cfmAnalysis:Gas prices have spiked sharply twice since 1949.  Even though $3 per gallon ...

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