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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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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A Musical Random Walk

I just read a blog post here at MSU about The Infinite Jukebox, a web tool that will analyze a song (either one you upload or one from their library) and map out links between segments of the song that have approximately the same beat. You then see a visualization of the song as a …

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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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The simulations behind the fitness landscape visualizations

We now have two videos out featuring evolving populations in two-dimensional fitness landscapes.Using fitness landscapes to visualize evolution in action Youtube Vimeo Visualizing coevolution in dynamic fitness landscapes Youtube Vimeo (Best to watch the first one first for some background information about fitness landscapes.) These movies are based on simulations of organisms evolving by reproduction, …

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