Charts and Graphs

Many people know that I have an odd obsession with data.  I make charts, graphs, and spreadsheets for the oddest things imaginable.  I have had spreadsheets that track the accuracy of weather forecasts in several cities, an electoral college simulator, a baseball game simulator, charts to track my running, my weight gain and loss, my Scrabble scores, my computer solitaire scores, et. al.  How incredibly dull, right?  Well now that I have a blog, I can share these charts with the world!  Why would I want to do this?  I have no idea, but it seems like a good idea so I’m sticking to it.

So this one is from Google’s new ngram viewer where you can chart the appearance of any words in books from 1800 to 2010.  This is my new favorite toy.  Here are the relative frequencies of three different types of disasters, as they appear in books over time.

Historic Change Competition Results (some results are from memory). Totals: Aaron - $107.34; Abby - $50.51; Ally - $70.60

Precipitation in Minneapolis and Seattle by month. The inverse relationship is almost perfect, which is delightful.


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