Category: data visualization

A couple weeks ago, Stephen Holzman shared an animated GIF on /r/DataIsBeautiful that caught my eye. The GIF showed the evolution of fertility rates of the U.S. and Japan between 1947 and 2010, which starts right in the middle of …

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Last year, I looked at the gender ratios across college majors and discovered an interesting-yet-spurious correlation: College majors with higher male:female ratios (i.e., with more men than women) tend to have students with higher estimated IQs. After much debate, the …

U.S. college majors: Median yearly earnings vs. gender ratio Read More »

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Last month, I wrote about my initial attempts to model and predict the usage patterns of Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share system. To recap: If you’ve ever used a bike share before, you know that one of the biggest fears …

Analyzing the health of Philadelphia’s bike share system Read More »

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Around the same time I was working on the Name Age Calculator, I developed a simple tool to visualize trends in American baby names. Ever inventive, I named this web app the U.S. Baby Name Explorer. The idea behind the …

Use the Baby Name Explorer to find out when your name was popular Read More »

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Can you guess someone’s age when all you know is their first name? That was the crazy idea behind one of FiveThirtyEight’s articles last year, and their surprising answer is, “Yes.” The idea behind guessing someone’s age based on their …

Can the Name Age Calculator guess how old you are? Read More »

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One of the many things that I love about my new home town of Philadelphia is that the government openly shares curated data sets covering most of the governmental functions. Since I recently joined Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program, I …

Visualizing Indego bike share usage patterns in Philadelphia Read More »

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If you’ve ever browsed the U.S. Census population statistics pages, you’ve no doubt come across the famous population pyramid that they so frequently use to display the distribution of the U.S. population by age and gender. I was reading up …

Rethinking the population pyramid Read More »

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I’ve always been curious about the history of marriage and divorce in the United States. We often hear about how divorce rates are in flux, or how marriage rates are declining, but we’re rarely given a real sense of the …

144 years of marriage and divorce in 1 chart Read More »

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By now, we’ve all heard of the addictive tile-mashing game called 2048. Last week, I picked up 2048 for the first time and — true to my nature — I started designing an AI to beat the game for me …

Artificial Intelligence has crushed all human records in 2048. Here’s how the AI pulled it off. Read More »

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