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“The Future Will Turn Out Alright”: Hope, Opportunity, and Norwegian Vocational Schools

July 30, 2016 by


What makes a good school?  A good school system?  A good society?  Recently, my wife and I traveled to Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, and I came back both heartened and saddened.  The more I learned about education in those countries—particularly in Norway—the more I got to thinking about our own system of education.  Of course, you start by […]

Global android activations and the power law

March 7, 2011 by


I recently saw a video mapping the rates of global android activations.  While very nice looking, it also piqued my interest because I noticed something that has been kind of bothering me recently.  That thing is, of course*, the power law. Alright, so first the video. It comes right from the android developer’s youtube channel, […]

Visualizing the Geometry of Crime

February 23, 2011 by


I worked for some time on a research project on international criminology. Mostly what I learned was that crime data tend to be pretty thorough in developed countries and really quite bad in the developing world. Luckily a group of researchers (Frank et al. 2011) got a hold of five years of real-world crime data […]

The brain as a pattern recognition machine

February 9, 2011 by


I came across a group of researchers doing precisely the kind of work that I have been advocating for on this blog.  This is really exciting stuff that I am still working through, but I wanted to share it with you because they do a good job of introducing a conceptual framework for approaching visual […]

The superbowl, earthquakes, and spatial statistics

February 4, 2011 by


In anticipation of Superbowl weekend, I figured I should post a football-themed data visualization. Now, I was thinking about doing something on one of the playing teams, but my best friends are split down the middle between born-and-raised Wisconsinites (including Dan Plechaty, one of our contributors) and Pittsburgh natives. So I decided to display this […]