Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site [Updated]

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and… »8/26/15 3:10pm8/26/15 3:10pm

How Much Do Drugs Cost In Your City? Take the Great American Drug Survey

Narcotics have been a fabric of life on this continent for thousands of years. A huge number of academic studies, undertaken by the government and institutions of higher learning, have attempted to plumb the depths of that usage. Now, we join that noble pursuit, with the most important drug question of all: How much… »2/05/15 11:15am2/05/15 11:15am

What Parts Of The Country Get The Worst Weather Predictions?


When you check the day's temperature or see if it's going to rain on your way to work, the answer can vary widely depending on where you look. Luckily, the website ForecastAdvisor—which grades the accuracy of U.S. forecasting outlets such as The Weather Channel, National Weather Service (NWS), CustomWeather, and … »5/02/14 1:23pm5/02/14 1:23pm

Midway Point: How Does Your NFL Team Stack Up On Offense and Defense?

After Week 5, we took a look at the excellent offensive/defensive visualizations that Brian Burke puts together on A lot of weird shit can happen in the first five weeks of the season, so now that we're at the midway point, it's worth taking another look to see how teams have shaken out. »11/05/13 12:22pm11/05/13 12:22pm

Charts: How Do You Build A Championship Baseball Team?

This season, the A's, Rays, and Pirates used front office wiles to build playoff-bound squads despite having minimal financial resources. Even with these feel-good stories eliminated, though, the four remaining teams still demonstrate that there are many good ways to build a competitive organization. »10/16/13 1:34pm10/16/13 1:34pm

Cool Chart: A's Skipper Bob Melvin Is The King Of Platoons

Over at Sports on Earth, Jack Moore created this great graphic to demonstrate just how crazy A's manager Bob Melvin is about platoons. The green rectangles represent consecutive games in which the same hitter held the same spot in the batting order, with blanks showing a change from the previous game. Coco Crisp was… »10/10/13 10:01am10/10/13 10:01am

Chart: How Does Your NFL Team Stack Up On Offense and Defense?

Over at Advanced NFL Stats, Brian Burke has put together a great visualization plotting the offensive and defensive performance of the league's 32 teams. It's nothing too complicated—basically a NYMag Approval Matrix for football—but it reveals a lot about the state of the NFL through Week 5. »10/08/13 10:45am10/08/13 10:45am

What If The NBA And MLB Played An NFL-Style Season?

A big part of the NFL's appeal is all that "any given Sunday" stuff—a team like the Chiefs can come out of nowhere and look like world-beaters, while a team like the Giants can spend the first quarter of the season playing like the last reel of Horse Feathers. A lot of this uncertainty can be attributed to sample… »10/03/13 1:30pm10/03/13 1:30pm

Infographic: Are College Sports In The Midst Of A "Shaq Boom"?

Over on his blog, Ken Pomeroy makes a convincing case that we're in the midst of a "Shaq Boom." The babies named "Shaquille" that were born in O'Neal's heyday in the '90s are now turning 18 and entering college basketball. The name "Shaquille" first entered the list of top 1,000 baby names in 1991 (720th) and peaked… »9/17/13 5:00pm9/17/13 5:00pm