The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Hello, regular readers and welcome new ones :) This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data. This has been a relatively quiet week, and I haven’t found that much data stuff around, especially in data journalism, so this is a slightly less visual issue than usual. I bet all writers and data wranglers are taking some well-deserved holidays (while developer-thinkers clearly are not).
This week’s “Six questions” interviewee, is Gurman Bhatia, an independent journalist and information designer whose steps I’ve been following since a few years back when she worked at the Hindustan Times (one of India’s most popular newspapers) and then at Reuters Graphics.
‘till next week,
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“Deaths have plummeted from 400 at the same point during the second wave to just eight.“
The chart in this article on the New Statesman captures it brilliantly.
From the good folks at Count, this is a good look at data about the Olympics, with several interactive visualizations.
The Care Quality Commission has published data on care home residents deaths. It’s rather sobering.
A vulnerability and exposure dashboard.
“In this post, I’ll share some of what I’ve learned about using R, and the tidymodels collection of packages, for competitive Kaggle modeling.“
An interesting report from the SLICED competition.
If you’ve read last week’s “Against SQL” article, this is a good response to it.
“I don’t doubt that there is a world where
is more useful than
SELECT state, AVG(score) FROM churn GROUP BY state order by score;
But there are many worlds where the latter is more than just fine.“
“The world is full of great analysts. Will we have the courage to go looking for them?”
This is a response to the Against/For SQL debate.
“Assuming a solid 8 hours at night!”.
It’s an animated image, and a very interesting one at that. It had never occurred to me that there are times of the day when literally 90% of humans are probably awake.
“For 62 cities we study different variations of growing a synthetic bicycle network between an arbitrary set of points routed on the urban street network.“
A research paper on the topological limits of cycling lane network development.
Source code is available here and here’s an example with Rome.
It’s all based on OpenStreetMap.
“Top global shipping hubs and short-term bulk, oil and container outlook revealed in recently published Baltic-Xinhua report” Interesting article on the Marine Traffic blog, which includes a few pretty cool maps.
What happens if you try and create a chart of all countries’ border relations (and not even completely, as this excludes exclaves and enclaves). A few more regional/historical maps are also offered.
(via Davide Tassinari)
“The new documentary 'Roadrunner' uses A.I.-generated audio without disclosing it to viewers. How should we feel about that?“
Helen Rosner explores this question for the New Yorker. https://twitter.com/martinstabe/status/1416658472020713475?s=03
“Is it time to retrain your machine learning model?“.
A long, useful tutorial.
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