Data in the News

The Data in the News Series looks at current events through the lens of data. We look at interesting quantifiable trends, find new and sometimes spurious correlations, and analyze data-based claims made by politicians and public figures.

Analysis: Enforcing tax fraud brought in $14 for every $1 spent. States lost $.33 for every $1 spent enforcing food stamp fraud.

53% of People Shown an Anti-Vaccination Website Left Believing New Misconceptions

Report: ‘Social Media’ Now the Most Common Thing Given Up For Lent

Comparing Average Internet Speeds in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

Trump’s Budget for the Wall is $25B Too Small (7x)

Alcohol the Number One Thing Given Up For Lent, Social Media Climbing the List

The Aftermath: Surprising Correlations Following Trump’s Win

Visa & Moving Searches Reach All-Time High as Trump Nears Win