Is 2014 the most unpredictable year of college football?


Florida State and Alabama have been dethroned. Several crowd favorites are struggling to stay in the top 25 (bye bye, Tigers!). And now the upstart Mississippi State Bulldogs — who weren’t ranked at the start of the season and have

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Who’s responsible for gas prices at the pump?


With gas prices hitting an all-time low for 2014, many of us are left to wonder: Who’s responsible for gas prices at the pump? According to the UT Energy Poll, the largest national poll on energy issues, 7 in 10

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What makes for a stable marriage?


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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The most upvoted post on reddit every day


One of the most commonly asked questions about reddit is, “What is the most popular reddit post of all time?” It’s easy enough to go to /r/all/top and see the posts with the highest score, but thanks to reddit’s vote

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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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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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