The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Hello, regular readers and welcome new ones :) This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data. I am Giuseppe Sollazzo, or @puntofisso. I've been sending this newsletter since 2012 to be a summary of all the articles with or about data that captured my attention over the previous week. The newsletter is and will always (well, for as long as I can keep going!) be free, but you're welcome to become a friend via the links below.
This made me laugh.
This was instead very flattering :) Quantum was mentioned in "The Plot", one of my favourite newsletters.
Topi Tjukanov has launched the 2023 version of his yearly #30DayMapChallenge. More details here. You'll probably see some of my selections of the best in the next few issues.
'till next week,
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Luc Guillemot for Datawrapper: "In the 1990s, the artist Christian Boltanski created La réserve des suisses morts, a series of installations using portraits from the obituary section of a Swiss local newspaper". He takes inspiration.
USAFacts: "Crime victimization rates are higher in urban than rural areas, but despite a rise in urban violent crime victimizations reported in 2021, rates have been falling for decades."
The Wall Street Journal: "Baby boomers have shifted right. But liberal millennials and Gen Z are canceling them out."
"Since 2014, the number of jump scares cranked out by Hollywood has fallen precipitously, according to Where’s The Jump, a remarkable catalog of over 1,000 movies that documents the time stamps of slamming doors, sudden attacks, and other startling moments that can make viewers jump."
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"RTutor uses OpenAI's powerful large language model to translate natural language into R code, which is then executed. You can request your analysis, just like asking a real person. Upload a data file (CSV, TSV/tab-delimited text files, and Excel) and just analyze it in plain English. Your results can be downloaded as an HTML report in minutes!"
What do I think of it? ...
"HEX, RGB & HSL color picker."
"A primer on GPU architecture and computing."
Luis Natera's set of generative visual algorithms.
Simon Willison: "Embeddings are a really neat trick that often come wrapped in a pile of intimidating jargon.
If you can make it through that jargon, they unlock powerful and exciting techniques that can be applied to all sorts of interesting problems."
This is a structured write-up of his talk at PyBay 2023.
I just link to this part because it talks about satellite imagery, but the whole series is strongly recommended if you want to get to grasp geographic data manipulation library GDAL.
A website that offers a set of tools as a compendium to a popular OSINT book. Here's a screenshot of the map search tool.
"An IP Geolocation Use Case."
This uses Zed, a package developed by the author's company.
US Representatives vote in alphabetical order. This week's Washington Post's How to Read This Chart looks at a very intriguing chart and explains how things unfold.
"It shows how voting in the House unfolds on roll-call votes. In other words, when the House is tallying votes member by member — as it had the opportunity to do three times this week — Mohn’s chart (and mine) shows which party leads or trails as the list of legislators is completed."
Although this Tableau visualization was not updated after the latest referendum, it's a pretty good dataviz. Which made me realise that Northern Territory wasn't fully granted autonomy (what is called "Responsible Government") until the late 1970s.
"Though Wikipedia page view data is publicly available (as a massive raw data dump, and through an API), there’s unfortunately no easy way to sort out the least viewed pages, short of a very slow linear search for the needle in the haystack…"
Colin Morris shows how to do it.
Also interesting to discover that the "Random article" isn't in fact that random at all.
"The journey of your life in numbers and dates!"
Minor dataviz here, but it's pretty cool.
"A meta analysis on data visualization".
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