How to make beautiful data visualizations in Python with matplotlib

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It’s been well over a year since I wrote my last tutorial, so I figure I’m overdue. This time, I’m going to focus on how you can make beautiful data visualizations in Python with matplotlib. There are already tons of

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Average IQ of students by college major and gender ratio

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After all the controversy that arose after I posted my breakdown of college majors by gender last week, I promised myself I’d stay away from controversial gender-related topics for a while. But when I ran across an ETS-curated data set

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Why the Dutch are so tall

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It’s fairly common knowledge that the Dutch are some of the tallest people in the world. Whereas the average American man measures in at about 5’9″ (176 cm), the average Dutch man stands at well over 6′ (185 cm) tall.

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We can only forecast the weather a few days into the future

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Another fascinating point from Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise is where he talks about how far into the future we can forecast weather. It’s one thing to forecast what tomorrow’s weather will be like, but what about next

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Accuracy of three major weather forecasting services

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For the past month, I’ve been slowly working my way through Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise. It’s really a great read, but if you’re a regular reader on this blog, I’d imagine you’ve already read it. This

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Dolla dolla bill y’all: Relative volume and value of U.S. currency in circulation by bill denomination

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Last year, Seth Kadish posted some fancy charts showing the relative volume and value of U.S. currency in circulation. Although his charts looked visually appealing, they were fairly heavily criticized because of his use of nested pie charts, which make

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The double-edged sword of gender equality

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Yesterday, I charted the trends in Bachelor’s degrees conferred to women in the U.S. using the NCES 2013 Digest of Education Statistics, and found that there has been a glaring gender disparity in Computer Science and Engineering majors for more

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Percentage of Bachelor’s degrees conferred to women, by major (1970-2012)

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One oft-cited problem with Computer Science is its glaring gender disparity: In a given Computer Science class, men will outnumber women as much as 8 to 2 (20% women). This stands in stark contrast to most other college majors, which

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Football referees are unfair when awarding penalty kicks

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After the controversial referee call that decided yesterday’s World Cup football match between Brazil and Croatia, I wondered if professional football referees had any consistent biases when they make these potentially controversial calls. After all, referees are forced to make

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College degrees awarded per capita in the U.S.A.

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As I’m reaching the end of my PhD, I’ve started thinking more about what I’ll be doing afterwards. It’s my dream job to teach and do research as a professor, but the prospects aren’t promising. There’s a ton of competition

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