Bad Graphs are often not mere, harmless mistakes. The fact that they are bad often goes unnoticed, and because of that, they are vehicles for misinformation. A Bad Graphs could be created by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, your local newspaper, or that data science influencer you follow on Twitter. People who work with data and people who consume data (therefore, most people) need to train their eye for detecting a Bad Graph when they see one. If we could all master this skill, the world of information would be a better place.
There are also Bad Graphs that are…
When my collegiate cross country team was suddenly spread out across the country due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted a fun way to keep up with what everyone was up to week-to-week. Gathering responses from a Google Form was easy, but shaping those responses into an aesthetically pleasing newsletter required a lot of copy and pasting, highlighting, clicking, and repeating.
Aware that Google Apps Script existed, I thought, there must be a way to automate this. Turns out there is, and I tinkered around until I made it work. Now my teammate who’s in charge of the newsletter can…
At her 9-to-5 day job, Ladia Albertson-Junkans is a programmer and analyst working with a research team on a mission to abate the opioid epidemic. When Ladia isn’t working to solve public health crises, she runs — a lot. During a peak training cycle, she’ll rack up between fifty to seventy miles of running per week.
However, if the week in question includes the day Ladia competed in the Western States Endurance Run in late June, then in that case, Ladia accumulated 100 miles in one day.
And on this momentous day, Ladia happened to be on her period. When…
Read the riddle below, and if you haven’t heard it before, try to solve it.
A father and his son are out driving and are involved in a terrible accident. The father is killed instantly, and the son is in critical condition. The son is rushed to the hospital and prepared for an operation that could save his life. The surgeon comes in, sees the patient, and exclaims, “I can’t operate, that boy is my son!” Who is the surgeon?
Student at Northwestern University, avid runner, mountain lover