Visualization of the Week: MLS 2014 Players Salary

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Here is an intriguing sports visualization from our friend Steven Fenn over at the Stat Hunting blog for the 2014 MLS salaries by player and team.

In Search of the Optimal Cheeseburger

If you’ve ever spent valuable billable hours time thinking about an algorithm to seek out the optimal cheeseburger, and calculate metrics like the maximal meat-to-bun ratio, then this presentation by noted data scientist Hilary Mason at the Ignite NYC event last year is for you. Hilary, a self-admitted cheeseburger lover, found some data sets in […]

Meetups as a Metric for Top Tech Cities

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A new ranking of top start-up cities was released today by RJMetrics, which reveals the expansion of the tech industry nationwide and indicates some new potential leaders in the tech space, with Portland, Minneapolis, Houston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh seeing extensive growth in their start-up scenes over the last year.

Visualization of the Week: Coachella by the Numbers

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One of the annual extravaganzas in Southern California is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival which starts this weekend and continues onto next weekend.

Visualization of the Week: Plots Don’t Lie?

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On March 27, health insurance enrollment through the ACA’s exchanges surpassed 6 million, exceeding the revised estimate of enrollees for the program’s first year before the March 31 open enrollment deadline. Then on March 31, Fox News showed a skewed chart (see below) to suggest enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would come up far short of […]

Visualization of the Week: NBA Passing Dynamics

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The visualization below is a look at how starters on all 30 NBA teams share the basketball. The thickness of the gray lines on the accompanying chart represents the average number of passes per game between two players.

Demo: MapD Wins the Day with GPUs for Big Data at GTC 2014

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In this video from GTC 2014, Todd Mostak from MapD demonstrates the company’s GPU-powered in-memory relational database software for Big Data. The Cambridge, Mass., based startup has built a high-speed GPU in-memory database that brings interactivity to big data. It can, for example, track more than a billion tweets worldwide at a time – and provide real-time visual analysis of the data. MapD was also announced as the winner of the GPU Technology Conference’s Early Stage Challenge this year, and they will be coming home with a cool $100,000 check.

The Zen of Visual Analysis

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“Tableau Desktop is based on breakthrough technology from Stanford University that lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more. We’ve done years of research to build a system that supports people’s natural ability to think visually. Shift fluidly between views, following your natural train of thought. You’re not stuck in wizards or bogged down writing scripts. You just create beautiful, rich data visualizations.”

Visualization of the Week: March Madness Analytics

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Here is a great interactive visualization app that combines data analytics with March Madness – a match-up guide for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Jay Lewis of 64 to 1 developed a Tableau app that lets us quickly compare each of the 68 NCAA tournament teams head to head.

Yellowfin 7 Analytics Platform for Enterprise-wide Data Discovery

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Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, through its BI platform Yellowfin 7, offers a robust solution for ad-hoc analysis and data visualization for enterprise applications.