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Data Stories: Play with Your Data

Take a break from solving serious data problems and see how enthusiasts use data to judge the taste of water, evaluate movie ratings, and decide the box office champion.

Using R to Analyze a Personal Taste Test

Tyler Morgan-Wall  

Tyler Morgan-Wall has a Ph.D. in physics and a lot of knowledge about working with data. When he and his wife argued about the effect of water filters on the taste of their home’s tap water, he set up an elaborate taste test and analyzed the results in depth on his personal website.


Evaluating Movie Rating Websites


There are many places to find movie reviews; could you use data science and statistics to judge the value of websites that compile multiple reviews into a number rating? Aspiring data scientist Alexandru Olteanu gave it his best shot.


The Possible Nuances of Box Office Returns

Overthinking In

Sometimes you want to take a question that seems to have an easy answer -- What movie has the best box office performance? -- and look at all the ways you could question and test your initial findings. John Perich at Overthinking It plays with the data for some surprising results.


About the Author

Lindsay Stares is a production editor at TDWI. You can contact her here.

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