Data visualization of HIV’s complex risk factors

HIVHans Rosling unveils new data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world’s deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmissions — not drug treatments — is the key to ending the epidemic.

 

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Yes you should smile more & we have research to prove it :-)

There is a saying that goes like this, “smile a while and give your face a rest” – now, we have science to verify the validity of this statement :-). Below, Ron Gutman reviews several research studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results.

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  1. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live?
  2. Did you know that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being?

Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behaviour. After watching this video, we hope you will smile even more!

 

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Boys & Girls Champs (1910 – 2013): Animation & Infographics

The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, also known as CHAMPS is in its 104th staging.

Did you know?

1. The Boys’ and Girls’ Championships were merged in 1999.

2. The inaugural staging of CHAMPS was won by the maroon and gold team from  Wolmer’s Boys in 1910.

3. The first Girls’ Championships was won by St Hilda’s High School from Brown’s Town, St Ann.

4. Kingston College has won the competition a record 31 times

5. Current Boys’ champion Calabar High School has won 23 titles.

Below is an Infographic and fun animation of the schools that have won CHAMPS from 1910-2013:

Boys and Girls Championship Infographic

If you enjoyed our data visualization, do share 🙂

 

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Is there a methodology for collecting and analyzing big data?

Jahangir Mohammed provided the most detailed response to our question on Quora – September 2, 2012. We wanted to find out if there was a systematic process/ method involved in the analysis, collection and presentation of big data. Here is Jahangir’s answer:

“I am inclined to say the approach is definitely systematic, but there are lots of options and one needs to figure out what is the best implementation for their specific use case.

 Data collection:

There are various distributed data collection and aggregation frameworks like Flume[1], Chukwa[2] and Scribe[3] which can be leveraged efficiently to collect and aggregrate data in real-time from lots of servers.

If one has the data in some form sitting in RDBMS, they can use sqoop[4] to transfer data between RDBMS and to a big-data framework like Hadoop[5](meant HDFS).

Data analysis:

Hadoop[5] is a well-known framework that allows distributed processing and analysis of big data. There are couple of other frameworks like Cascalog[6], storm[7] – stream processing, some MPI frameworks and some BSP frameworks(like Apache Hama[8]) and Dremel’s open source (is currently being worked on) all of which are created to crunch big data. Also, there is Amazon’s EMR[9] or Google’s big query[10] from a cloud perspective, but to keep it explicit there is nothing stopping to run any open source
implementations on cloud.

Presentation/data visualization:

This can be home-grown to using a commercial product. Some of the offerings out there like Datameer[11] and big query[10] do offer some visualizations, dashboards, excel capabilities and so forth.”

[1]. http://www.cloudera.com/blog/201…

[2]. http://incubator.apache.org/chukwa/
[3]. https://github.com/facebook/scribe
[4]. http://sqoop.apache.org/
[5]. http://hadoop.apache.org/
[6]. https://github.com/nathanmarz/ca…
[7]. https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm
[8]. http://hama.apache.org/
[9]. http://aws.amazon.com/elasticmap…
[10]. https://developers.google.com/bi…
[11]. http://www.datameer.com/

Feel free to leave a comment and add your views in the comments section.

Special thanks to Jahangir Mohammed and Vijay Kamath who both took time out to provide answers to our question.