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By Nick Gaylord, February 2, 2017

Using CrowdFlower to understand storytelling in science

Doing good science is often not enough on its own. For the results of that work to have an impact, […] [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, January 7, 2016

What skills should data scientists have in 2016?

It's a brand new year and that means you'll be seeing scads of trend pieces this week. As you can probably assume from the title, we're not necessarily immune to that sort of thing ourselves. That said? Ours isn't based on analysts and insider opinion. It's based on real live data–in this case, th [...]

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By Cameron Befus, September 18, 2015

Open government means open data

In the last 10 years, there has been a powerful push for governments at all levels to open the datasets they develop to the public. In 2015, the 3rd International Open Data Conference held in Ottawa, Canada showcased surprisingly rapid progress in the development of principles, standards, measuremen [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, August 13, 2015

Why you should use open data to hone your machine learning models

One of the big reasons we created our Data for Everyone initiative is that there simply aren't a ton of great open datasets out there for small businesses, startups, and academics to do work on. Sure, there are plenty of small, toy-sized datasets but those simply aren't big enough to create algorith [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, August 11, 2015

Who won the GOP debate?

If you read much news after the Republican debate in Cleveland last Thursday, chances are you were slightly frightened that reputable outlets like CNN were all agog over Donald Trump, a man with complicated hair who has a habit of saying bad and gross things pretty much every time he opens his gob. [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, July 6, 2015

The data is in and it’s conclusive: America loved the marriage equality ruling

Depending on the sites you frequent and the social media you consume, you might think the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling went over rather poorly. Maybe you spend a lot of time in the comments section of the National Review or have that one uncle from Cleveland who won't shut up on Facebook [...]

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By Drew Spitzer, June 24, 2015

How I cleaned thousands of sales leads before lunch for about $300

It’s my first week at CrowdFlower and my excitement is higher than it’s ever been. Not only is the company full to the brim with incredibly talented people, but those talented people are actually really fun to work with [ed note: he means me]. However, I noticed a problem in my first week as our [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, June 18, 2015

A Database of Police Killings Since 2013

A while back, we found an interesting dataset online. The URL,, is fairly self-explanatory. It's a community-sourced list of all "police-involved fatalities", started in May of 2013, but the data itself was a bit jumbled and messy. Race and gender identifiers were in the same colu [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, June 1, 2015

The 8 Graphs That Explain Hollywood Success

The idea of the summer movie more-or-less officially started in 1975 with Steven Spielberg's Jaws, a film about a shark who is hungry for your face. In the forty years since, Hollywood has innovated ceaselessly, coming up with new and different fart jokes for Adam Sandler to tell and exhibiting the [...]

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By Justin Tenuto, May 4, 2015

The Apple Watch Seemed Better When We Knew Less About It

Like the rest of the internet, we follow Apple products. Frankly, it's impossible not to. Avoiding a live blog or a review or an unboxing of an Apple product is as difficult as avoiding sketchy emails with stock tips, ads about the One Weird Trick to Do Something You Didn't Want to Do Anyhow, and ca [...]