Stats, Stats, and More Stats: Sites for Your Daily Dose of Data

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From US presidential election forecasts to sports analyses, today’s statistics blogs and websites offer fascinating reports on life, politics, and culture. To celebrate World Statistics Day today, here are 10 sites dedicated to data.


Metrocosm

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Max Galka, fascinated by all things data, is the blogger and entrepreneur behind Metrocosm. Max has a background in using data to model natural disasters, mortgage prepayments, and human life expectancy.

Social Mathematics

“Math is everywhere. Sometimes we choose to obsess over it (bills) or ignore it (debt) but I believe we should not obsess or ignore. Fruit and vegetables should be a part of everyone’s diet. So too should math.” Samantha Schumacher, a PhD in applied mathematics, discusses the social uses of math in an easy writing style.

A map showing the most expensive housing markets in the United States. From Metrocosm.
A map showing the most expensive housing markets in the United States. From Metrocosm.

Princeton Election Consortium

Princeton Election Consortium — launched by Sam Wong, a professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute — specializes in polls and informed analysis of US national elections. It launched in 2004 as a meta-analysis directed at the question of who would win the Electoral College.

FlowingData

Nathan Yau’s FlowingData explores how statisticians, designers, data scientists, and others use analysis and visualization to better understand human behavior. Nathan covers a wide mix of topics for the ever-curious, and even the most casual reader will stay to browse.

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Maps visualizing the rise of obesity in the United States. From FlowingData.

Corner Three

“The corner three-point shot is 22 feet away from the basket — 1.75 feet closer than a normal three-pointer — but counts for the same number of points, making it the most statistically efficient shot in the game of basketball.” College students from Northwestern University, New York University, and other institutions manage Corner Three, a blog of incisive writing. “Sports is truly more than meets the eye,” they write, and their posts go beyond basic play into facts, statistics, and analysis.

FiveThirtyEight

Powered by WordPress.com VIP and created by analyst Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight is a go-to resource for opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, sports, science, and popular culture. Currently, its 2016 US presidential election forecast and Major League Baseball predictions are pages to bookmark.

US presidential election forecast at FiveThirtyEight on October 20, 2016.
US presidential election forecast at FiveThirtyEight on October 20, 2016.

Radford Neal’s Blog

Radford Neal is a statistician, computer scientist, and professor at the University of Toronto who blogs about scientific topics, from general issues to more technical and non-technical aspects of statistics and computation.

Data for Breakfast

Data for Breakfast is a space for the data team at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. From analyzing stats to understand how users become successful bloggers to building data pipelines to help colleagues build a sustainable business, these data wizards share insights and processes across the projects they work on.

A network of blogs from a sample of all user activity on WordPress.com. From "Network Science at Automattic: Mapping the Communities of WP.com" by Demet Dagdelen at Data for Breakfast.
A network of blogs from a sample of all user activity on WordPress.com. From Data for Breakfast.

Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

Andrew Gelman is an author, professor of statistics and political science, and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University in New York. Joined by others, including Aleks Jakulin and Aki Vehtari, they cover political science, economics, sociology, sports, and more.

Xi’an’s Og

Xi’an’s Og is the blog of a statistics professor at Université Paris-Dauphine in France and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Xi’an’s statistics posts primarily focus on computational and Bayesian topics.


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October 20, 2016Data