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 11:15am 2/05/15 11:15am

What's Your Uber Score? Find Out, and Help Us See How Uber Works

We're fascinated by Uber. It's a hugely successful service that's reshaping urban transportation. But it's also kind of a black box. With your help, we want to take a look inside. » 1/19/15 3:18pm 1/19/15 3:18pm

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Is Making Music Out of Tennis

When LCD Soundsystem split up, it left frontman James Murphy with a lot of time and creative energy on his hands. So he's been experimenting with a number of weird and esoteric projects, the latest of which is turning tennis data from the U.S. Open into music. » 8/28/14 5:10pm 8/28/14 5:10pm

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 1:23pm 5/02/14 1:23pm

How to Lie With Data Visualization


Data visualization is one of the most important tools we have to analyze data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at 3 of the most common ways in which visualizations can be misleading. » 4/16/14 1:05pm 4/16/14 1:05pm

Home Stretch: How Does Your NFL Team Stack Up On Offense And Defense?

With four weeks to go in the NFL season—and just one playoff spot clinched—it's time to take a fresh look at which teams have established themselves as the best (and worst) offensive and defensive units in the league. » 12/04/13 1:13pm 12/04/13 1:13pm

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 12:22pm 11/05/13 12:22pm

The Fun-Hating Spurs Threw Just One Alley-Oop Last Season

The chart above, based on data from NBA Stats, shows the number of alley-oops each team has thrown in the last two regular seasons. No surprises at the very top, although it's nice to see the mediocre/bad Blazers, Hornets, Timberwolves, and Wizards crack the top ten. » 10/17/13 3:19pm 10/17/13 3:19pm

Science: Bacon Is The Ultimate Ingredient

While we always knew it within the thickening walls of our heaving hearts, has managed to prove it empirically: Bacon does, in fact, make (nearly) everything better. » 10/17/13 12:48pm 10/17/13 12:48pm

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 1:34pm 10/16/13 1:34pm

Chart: The Height And Weight Of Every NFL Player, By Position

Over on Reddit, user Craig Booth scraped the NFL's team roster websites for height and weight information and compiled it into the excellent graphic above. » 10/15/13 11:20am 10/15/13 11:20am

What Makes A Stanley Cup Champion? More Hockey Interactives To Explore

Continuing our industry-leading coverage of interactive hockey infographics, the charts above are a selection from an excellent piece of data viz by Dark Horse Analytics, which explore the relationship between payroll/attendance/offense/penalties and team performance. » 10/10/13 2:38pm 10/10/13 2:38pm

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 10:01am 10/10/13 10:01am

What if the NHL played an NFL-style season? We did this last week with basketball and baseball, but a reader noted the omission* and did some number crunching of his own. Good news for the Rangers and Flyers! [Mitchell's Blog] » 10/08/13 5:18pm 10/08/13 5:18pm

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 10:45am 10/08/13 10:45am

What's More Improbable: The Jaguars' +28 Line Or An 11-Inch Penis?

The murmurs began last week, before the Broncos put up 51 points against the Cowboys and the Jaguars lost second-overall pick Luke Joeckel to injury. And when the dust of Week 5 had settled, sure enough, the betting line for Jaguars at Broncos was set at 28 points, which is a lot. » 10/07/13 4:21pm 10/07/13 4:21pm

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 1:30pm 10/03/13 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 5:00pm 9/17/13 5:00pm

Cool Charts: NFL Team Salaries By Position

This week, The Guardian released an excellent interactive graphic on the salaries (technically, the cap hit) of NFL players by team and position. Franchises that look like cheapskates are generally heavy in rookie contracts–nothing in the NFL is as cost-effective as talented young blood–but it's still an interesting… » 9/06/13 5:38pm 9/06/13 5:38pm

Infographics: Which NFL Teams Are This Season's Biggest Road Draws?

With the NFL season set to kick off in mere hours, Vivid Seats has released data on which teams are the best and worst road draws–in terms of ticket prices–for the 2013 season. The Broncos come out on top, increasing ticket prices by an average of 53.7 percent when on the road. While Denver has above average ticket… » 9/05/13 4:55pm 9/05/13 4:55pm