Top 25 richest living comedians

It’s fairly common knowledge that comedy isn’t a terribly lucrative career. Not only do most comedians spend decades doing small-time standup hoping to be discovered, but most of those comedians never end up being discovered either. But what about the comedians that did hit it big? To provide some insight into what it takes to …

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Python usage survey 2014

Remember that Python usage survey that went around the interwebs late last year? Well, the results are finally out and I’ve visualized them below for your perusal. This survey has been running for two years now (2013-2014), so where we have data for both years, I’ve charted the results so we can see the changes …

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The most-viewed YouTube videos

Earlier this week, Google announced that Psy’s insanely viral YouTube music video, Gangnam Style, officially broke the 2,147,483,647 view barrier. What’s significant about that number, you ask? That’s the largest number that can be encoded by a 32-bit integer number. The folks at Google never suspected a video would exceed 2 billion views until Gangnam …

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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. What’s strange is that most people regard social networks as nothing more than a blob …

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The ebb and flow of movies redux

Six years ago, the NY Times published one of my favorite interactive graphics entitled, “The ebb and flow of movies.” This brilliant graphic concisely visualized over two decades of box office sales with the now-popular streamgraph. The colors indicated how well each movie did — from hit to flop — and the height of the …

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What makes for a stable marriage?

Perhaps another important — but unsurprising — finding was that couples who attend church regularly have much stabler marriages. In fact, couples who never go to church are 2x more likely to divorce than regular churchgoers. Your attitude toward your partner If your partner’s looks or wealth are an important factor in whether you want …

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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 the topic. I hope this serves as a springboard for future conversation on the topic …

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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. What is it about this small, traditionally seafaring nation that breeds such extraordinarily tall people? …

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Dolla dolla bill y’all: Relative volume and value of U.S. currency in circulation by bill denomination

Last year, Seth Kadish posted some fancy charts showing the relative volume and value of U.S. currency in circulation. Although his charts looked visually appealing, they were fairly heavily criticized because of his use of nested pie charts, which make it notoriously difficult to compare the relative size of areas. For today’s data visualization exercise, …

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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 ranging from statistics tutorials to science outreach to my PhD research to evolution to chess… and even the world’s deadliest actors. This blog has proven to …

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