Do men on OKCupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule?


It seems that there’s an XKCD comic for every life situation that we run in to. Is there an XKCD comic for that yet? One of my favorites, by far, is the comic titled “Dating pools.” This comic highlighted the

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Who are the climate change deniers?


It seems that every 6 months, we see the news light up with reporters quoting the latest public opinion poll results on global climate change. “Climate change denial is up 7 percentage points this year.” “1 in 5 Americans now

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Clash of Clans Troop Efficiency


For the past couple months, I’ve been filling my downtime by playing Clash of Clans, a MMO base builder game where you can plunder other player’s bases. In hopes of improving my attack strategy, I’ve read several guides on how

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Where the U.S. gets its oil from


Despite the fact that late-year gasoline prices have risen to the second-highest in recent memory, a new report from the UT Energy Poll shows that most Americans have little clue where their gasoline even comes from. According to the poll,

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The myth of the smarter Atheist


Ever since I published my previous article on the average IQ of students by college major, I’ve received several requests to analyze the correlation between IQ and religiosity. Below, I’ve written up an analysis of the existing published literature on

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The best and worst times to have your case reviewed by a judge


Recently, I’ve been working my way through Daniel Kahneman’s fascinating book on human decision making, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” In the third chapter, Kahneman discusses how external factors can affect our tendency to fall back on easy “default” decisions instead

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How to make beautiful data visualizations in Python with matplotlib


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


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


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


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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