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Graphs of subway ridership

Recently on Gothamist, there was a post about this site. It depicts subway ridership since 1905, as measured at each subway stop (by annual recorded entries). I wish that the graphs were click-able to enlarge them; though it’s fun to look at this way, it’s tough to compare the graphs with that tiny size. You […]

Predicting the spread of the flu

The NY Times has had an article today on Sunday about predicting the spread of swine flu using a computer program with data on air traffic, commuter traffic, and the movement of dollar bills. I don’t know a lot about epidemiology, so I will leave it to others to comment on the intricacies, but I […]

Blog upgrade from MT 3.3 to MT 4.2

We have upgraded the blog software from MT 3.3 to MT 4.2. There might be some hiccups, but we hope to have it operational as quickly as possible. Let us know if there are any problems!

Postdoctoral opportunity with the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute is looking for applicants for its postdoctoral fellows program:

Social networks’ “value”?

Michael Arrington talks about a new model he created to assess the market value in online social networks. As hard as it can be to place a market value on a person, it’s almost more complicated to place such a value on an online social network. Arrington looks at MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, and LinkedIn, […]

Friday the 13th study

Apparently, Friday the 13th is not unlucky, according to Dutch researchers: link to article. I would like to see a parallel psychological study, to see if people are more careful on Friday the 13th, go out less, drive less (or just shorter distances) – and if people considering criminal activity hold off until the next […]

Congrats to our Applied Statistics Center art contest winners!

We’ve chosen the winners of the ASC art contest!

Book review: Predictably Irrational

I recently read Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational and wrote down my comments as I read. After the jump, you can read these thoughts.

Another way to organize data…

There is a great video on YouTube which shows a project representing numbers of people by grains of rice. You can see the contrast of one person (in this case, Tony Blair – clearly, this is a UK project) to the number of people on one continent, to the number of people in one country, […]

NASA data released for analysis

Via a Slashdot entry, I heard that NASA has released data from a survey they did from 2001 to 2004. They surveyed pilots, and apparently a lot of the responses did not reflect well on NASA, so the data was going to be destroyed. They changed their minds, and now the data has been posted […]

An interesting look at topology

Though more mathematics than statistics, I thought this would be relevant on the heels of the entry about the Krampf science experiment videos. The blog 3 quarks daily recently posted a video showing how to turn a sphere inside out. See the post here. Just as the poster on that blog, my interest in topology […]