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Why is Reddit replacing Imgur?

In a surprise move this week, Reddit has started rolling out their own in-house image hosting service. This appears to be a direct move to replace the many image hosting services that have sprung up around Reddit—Imgur, in particular. Here’s

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Why posts get removed from /r/DataIsBeautiful

I’ve been a moderator of /r/DataIsBeautiful — one of the largest online communities dedicated to data analysis and visualization — for the past 2 1/2 years. During that time, I’ve reviewed thousands of data visualizations created by amateurs and professionals

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What data visualization tools do /r/DataIsBeautiful OC creators use?

One of the most common questions that newcomers to data [science/visualization/analysis] ask is: “What tools should I use to create data visualizations?” While I always recommend learning design principles before tools, I thought I’d take a stab at answering that

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A data-driven guide to creating successful reddit posts, redux

A couple years ago, I wrote an article using massive data set of reddit posts to tackle one of the more popular questions about reddit: How do I get a highly-upvoted post on reddit? In light of the recent findings

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Over half of all reddit posts go completely ignored

A couple years ago, Eric Gilbert published a research article showing that more than half (~52%) of all popular links submitted to /r/pics go completely ignored the first time they’re posted. I found this phenomenon to be strange because those

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Is reddit experiencing “upvote inflation”?

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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The reddit world map

We can all agree that online social networks dominate most people’s day-to-day Internet lives. 90% of all U.S. adults aged 18-29 have a Facebook account, and a large portion of those people check their Facebook at least once a day.

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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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Celebrating 2 years of research blogging by analyzing my blog

In May 2012, I started this blog to rave about the IPython Notebook, a new scientific computing tool that’s still an integral part of my research workflow today. Two years have passed, and I’ve written about a breadth of topics

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Virality trends in reddit’s default subreddits

For the past week, I’ve been mapping out virality trends on various subreddits to better understand how posts go viral on reddit. It just so happens that the time period I sampled over covered the week that the reddit admins

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This blog is my labor of love, and I've spent hundreds of hours working on the projects that you'll read about here. Generally, I write about data visualization and machine learning, and sometimes explore out-of-the-box projects at the intersection of the two. I hope you enjoy my projects as much as I have.

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