September 29, 2014
As I was putting together a little workshop on CartoDB, I stumbled upon this map of banned books. And I thought “Oh! That’s kind of interesting since the scale is pretty distorted — you have to read the fine print to see that Oregon, Connecticut and North Carolina appear to have somewhere between 9 and 12 each, while Texas has 114. But Texas happens to be quite a bit bigger than Oregon or North Carolina or Connecticut. I thought it would be a fun data set to normalize to the population — a teachable moment, so to speak. So I sniffed around on the ALA website and couldn’t find any data this recent. So I wrote to them, and got this in response:

Thank you for your inquiry about the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s raw data compiled for the censorship database. The information is provided to our office from individuals who report incidents to OIF voluntarily or is compiled from news reports. The information for each report is validated but OIF does not always track the progress or eventual outcome of each censorship attempt reported to it nor can it assure that data items are consistent across each report. In addition, not every challenge is reported to OIF.
As a result, the information that we maintain is a snapshot of requests to remove or restrict books from libraries and classrooms and is not a complete or exhaustive source of data on such activities. OIF maintains the database for internal staff use, as a means of encouraging libraries to report challenges, and to create awareness of the importance of protecting and celebrating the freedom to read. Because censorship database does not have the statistical validity demanded by many social scientists and researchers and may be vulnerable to misinterpretation and misuse, we must deny any request asking OIF to share raw data.

I had noticed, before the ALA responded to me, that this is a chart of “challenges” which seems subtly different from actual banned books. For one thing. So the other thing that seems apparent is that we have no idea whether the real problem is that Texas just logs challenges better than other states. Maybe Vermont and Maine just don’t report requests to ban a book.
And I don’t know whether this chart means that 114 different titles were challenged in the state of Texas or just 114 different people objected to books. Maybe the same books over and over. Maybe there’s just one wingnut in Texas who challenges a book every day?

As I was putting together a little workshop on CartoDB, I stumbled upon this map of banned books. And I thought “Oh! That’s kind of interesting since the scale is pretty distorted — you have to read the fine print to see that Oregon, Connecticut and North Carolina appear to have somewhere between 9 and 12 each, while Texas has 114. But Texas happens to be quite a bit bigger than Oregon or North Carolina or Connecticut. I thought it would be a fun data set to normalize to the population — a teachable moment, so to speak. So I sniffed around on the ALA website and couldn’t find any data this recent. So I wrote to them, and got this in response:

Thank you for your inquiry about the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s raw data compiled for the censorship database. The information is provided to our office from individuals who report incidents to OIF voluntarily or is compiled from news reports. The information for each report is validated but OIF does not always track the progress or eventual outcome of each censorship attempt reported to it nor can it assure that data items are consistent across each report. In addition, not every challenge is reported to OIF.

As a result, the information that we maintain is a snapshot of requests to remove or restrict books from libraries and classrooms and is not a complete or exhaustive source of data on such activities. OIF maintains the database for internal staff use, as a means of encouraging libraries to report challenges, and to create awareness of the importance of protecting and celebrating the freedom to read. Because censorship database does not have the statistical validity demanded by many social scientists and researchers and may be vulnerable to misinterpretation and misuse, we must deny any request asking OIF to share raw data.

I had noticed, before the ALA responded to me, that this is a chart of “challenges” which seems subtly different from actual banned books. For one thing. So the other thing that seems apparent is that we have no idea whether the real problem is that Texas just logs challenges better than other states. Maybe Vermont and Maine just don’t report requests to ban a book.

And I don’t know whether this chart means that 114 different titles were challenged in the state of Texas or just 114 different people objected to books. Maybe the same books over and over. Maybe there’s just one wingnut in Texas who challenges a book every day?

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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Filed under: bad reporting 
September 23, 2014

kenyatta:

In two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.

"Trolls just want to have fun." Personality and Individual Differences, September 2014

September 16, 2014
lifeandcode:

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September 14, 2014
lifeandcode:

vicenews:

Overall, illegal immigration from Central America has risen about 500% since late 2010.

This looks a little smooth to me. Also, points on the line, please.

About that y axis … 
Also, words. There’s a difference between apprehension and immigration. We’re catching more migrants. That alone doesn’t tell us that there are or aren’t more migrants.

lifeandcode:

vicenews:

Overall, illegal immigration from Central America has risen about 500% since late 2010.

This looks a little smooth to me. Also, points on the line, please.

About that y axis …

Also, words. There’s a difference between apprehension and immigration. We’re catching more migrants. That alone doesn’t tell us that there are or aren’t more migrants.

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Filed under: yaxis numeracy 
September 14, 2014
Research chat: Sarah Cohen of the New York Times on the state of data journalism and what reporters need to know

(Source: elizabethrkoh, via lifeandcode)

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Filed under: data unicorn 
September 14, 2014
Git: The Safety Net for Your Projects · An A List Apart Article

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During the course of this article, I’ll walk through how Git can help you avoid mistakes—and how to recover if they’ve already happened.

Working hard to sell everyone on git. Version control makes everything taste better.

September 14, 2014
Introduction to the Data Visualization Tutorial – New Coder

lifeandcode:

Pretty cool looking dataviz tutorial using Python and Google Earth.  

September 8, 2014
The Race Gap in America’s Police Departments [datavis]

datajournalismlinks:

In hundreds of police departments across the country, the percentage of whites on the force is more than 30 percentage points higher than in the communities they serve, according to an analysis of a government survey of police departments. Experts say that diversity in the police force increases a department’s credibility with its community.

September 6, 2014
Variance Charts: built charts for the web without javascript

datajournalismlinks:

Variance empowers engineers, designers, journalists, scientists, and analysts to build elegant bespoke data graphics for the web, using only HTML & CSS. Our intuitive, markup-based grammar emphasizes clear, practical graphics and serves as the foundation for a wide range of visualizations.

August 25, 2014

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable F. Kaid Benfield, huffingtonpost.com
Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types. When typical housing a…

I would love to see more projects with this data!

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable
F. Kaid Benfield, huffingtonpost.com

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types. When typical housing a…

I would love to see more projects with this data!

(Source: smartercities)

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Filed under: cities data walkability 
August 5, 2014
Beginner's guide to R

datajournalismlinks:

And so, this guide. Our aim here isn’t R mastery, but giving you a path to start using R for basic data work: Extracting key statistics out of a data set, exploring a data set with basic graphics and reshaping data to make it easier to analyze.

August 3, 2014
kqedscience:

Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF
“California, the producer of half of the nation’s fruits, veggies, and nuts, is experiencing its third-worst drought on record. The dry spell is expected to cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and farmers are digging intogroundwater supplies to keep their crops alive. We’ve been keeping an eye on the drought with the US Drought Monitor, a USDA-sponsored program that uses data from soil moisture and stream flow, satellite imagery, and other indicators to produce weekly drought maps. Here’s a GIF showing the spread of the drought, from last December 31—shortly before Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency—until July 29.”
(via motherjones)

kqedscience:

Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF

California, the producer of half of the nation’s fruits, veggies, and nuts, is experiencing its third-worst drought on record. The dry spell is expected to cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and farmers are digging intogroundwater supplies to keep their crops alive. We’ve been keeping an eye on the drought with the US Drought Monitor, a USDA-sponsored program that uses data from soil moisture and stream flow, satellite imagery, and other indicators to produce weekly drought maps. Here’s a GIF showing the spread of the drought, from last December 31—shortly before Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency—until July 29.”

(via motherjones)

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Filed under: wheelhouse 
July 31, 2014
kenyatta:

dailywireless.org » More Broadband Subs Than Video Subs

US MSOs will soon have more broadband subscribers than video subscribers for the first time in the industry’s 65-year history, reports Moody’s.
In a new report issued last week, Moody’s Investors Service predicts that US cable operators will have more high-speed data customers than pay TV customers by next year. It calculates the crossover point is already occurring, with both services now boasting about 50 million subscribers.
Several major US MSOs already have more broadband customers than video customers.
Both Time Warner Cable and Charter — the second- and fourth-largest US MSOs — now have more broadband than video customers.
Cablevision Systems may well have reached the crossover point at the end of the second quarter.


About that Y axis…

kenyatta:

dailywireless.org » More Broadband Subs Than Video Subs

US MSOs will soon have more broadband subscribers than video subscribers for the first time in the industry’s 65-year history, reports Moody’s.

In a new report issued last week, Moody’s Investors Service predicts that US cable operators will have more high-speed data customers than pay TV customers by next year. It calculates the crossover point is already occurring, with both services now boasting about 50 million subscribers.

Several major US MSOs already have more broadband customers than video customers.

Both Time Warner Cable and Charter — the second- and fourth-largest US MSOs — now have more broadband than video customers.

Cablevision Systems may well have reached the crossover point at the end of the second quarter.

About that Y axis…

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Filed under: Distortion 
June 24, 2014
CartoDB Internships

An excellent opportunity to get paid while getting better at CartoDB.

June 17, 2014
NBC Data Viz Editor