Automatically generate datasets that teach people how (not) to create statistical mirages

FJ Anscome's classic, oft-cited 1973 paper "Graphs in Statistical Analysis" showed that very different datasets could produce "the same summary statistics (mean, standard deviation, and correlation) while producing vastly different plots" -- Anscome's point being that you can miss important differences if you just look at tables of data, and these leap out when you use graphs to represent the same data. Read the rest

Quantifying truthfulness in films "based on a true story"

With awards season upon us, lots of films "based on a true story" are in contention. It gives films a little emotional boost to say it really happened, but how much of the film is true? David McCandless created a metric to quantify it based on scene-by-scene analysts. So Selma hets a 100%, and The Imitation game gets 41.4%. Read the rest

Visualizing 24 hours of subway activity in New York City

Will Geary created this colorful and soothing data visualization of a day's worth of subway routes around the Big Apple. Read the rest

ShipMap generates gorgeous maps of global shipping routes

Here's a fun interactive map of global shipping. ShipMap allows users to selected color coding for ship types: container, dry bulk, tanker, gas bulk, and vehicles. It even lets you select animated ships on their routes. Read the rest

Airportraits: composite photos of all the daily takeoffs from the world's airports

Artist Mike Kelley creates "Airportraits" of the world's airports by photographing all the planes that take off on a given day, then compositing them together into a kind of time-lapse of a day's worth of flights, which presents an instantly comprehensible way of comparing the different services; they're available as stunning prints. (via Kottke) Read the rest

What has Trump lied about in his "apology", chart edition, Oct 8

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Oct 7

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 30

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 29

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 28

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What did Trump lie about at the debate, mondo-hugeo chart edition, Sept 27

A very special edition of of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What did Trump lie about this weekend, chart edition, Sept 26

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 23

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 22

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 21

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

Geographically representative map of the London Underground

The Transport for London tube map, building on Harry Beck's pioneering work in 1931, is rightly hailed as a masterpiece of simplification and clarity in data visualisation. Read the rest

WEB Du Bois's infographics on black life, from the 1900 Exposition Universelle

Activist/sociologist WEB Du Bois compiled a beautiful set of infographics on the state of black life since the end of slavery that were displayed at the "Exhibit of American Negroes" he created with Thomas J Calloway and Booker T Washington for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Read the rest

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