Top 25 most gender-neutral names in the U.S.

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As a long-time fan of Saturday Night Live, I have fond memories of the Pat sketch where Pat’s friends were always trying to figure out his/her gender through a series of hilarious indirect tests. Despite their every effort — from

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What caused the upsurge of unique American baby names in the 1970s?

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Last week, I was exploring the ever-popular U.S. baby names data set and noticed a peculiar trend: The number of unique baby names has continued to rise dramatically for the last ~130 years — with the exception of the past

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The most-viewed YouTube videos

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Earlier this week, Google announced that Psy’s insanely viral YouTube music video, Gangnam Style, officially broke the 2,147,483,647 view barrier. What’s significant about that number, you ask? That’s the largest number that can be encoded by a 32-bit integer number.

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Is reddit experiencing “upvote inflation”?

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A couple months ago, one redditor asked a simple question: “Is [reddit] karma experiencing inflation?” Of course, it’s silly to think about inflation applying to upvotes because you can’t buy anything with them. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to find out whether

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This is just a test post. Please ignore it. Back in my teenage years, I was absolutely addicted to MMORPGs. As soon as I got home from school, I was plugged into whatever virtual world I was currently bent on

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MMORPG Popularity, 1998-2013

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Back in my teenage years, I was absolutely addicted to MMORPGs. As soon as I got home from school, I was plugged into whatever virtual world I was currently bent on conquering with my comrades-in-arms. Suffice to say that when

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Do women on OkCupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule?

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It seems that there’s an XKCD comic for every life situation that we run in to. One of my favorites, by far, is the comic titled “Dating pools.” This comic highlighted the Standard Creepiness Rule, a.k.a. the “half-your-age-plus-seven” rule, which

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What makes for a stable marriage? Part 2

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About a decade ago, the gossip on everyone’s lips was that “1/2 of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce.” That factoid was later disproven, but it left a lasting impression on the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes of America.

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Where Democrats and Republicans want their tax dollars spent

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Last week, I revealed the shocking age divide in where Americans want their tax dollars spent. This week, I’d like to focus on where Democrats and Republicans agree and disagree on how American tax dollars should be spent. To recap:

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The evolution of chess openings and why GIFs make for bad data visualizations

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Earlier this year, I went on a week-long data analysis frenzy into a massive data set of chess tournament games. One of the better visualizations that came out of that post series was the evolution of openings over time set,

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The data visualizations on this blog are the result of my “data tinkering” hobby, where I tackle a new data analysis problem every week. If I find something interesting, I report my findings here to share with the world.

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