Ranking TechRaking Tweets

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Social Media

Dozens of technologists and journalists today descended on Google’s beautiful Mountain View, Calif., campus for a discussion about technology and journalism. The conference, organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting, led to some prolific tweeting, as one might expect.

I used a simple script to ingest the 1,500-plus tweets with the search API into a sqlite database. This chart, made with Google Docs’ chart tools (when in Rome…), shows the top 25 most prolific tweeters (as of 4:30 p.m. pacific) who used the #techraking and #techrakingcir hash tags.

Congrats, Ian Hill, you top the list (which includes, I think, some spammers):

This is just a quick chart made in a rush. Feel free to download and check out the pipe-delimited data for yourself: #techraking | #techrakingcir. Send me your visualizations or thoughts, and I’ll post ‘em here. See the full list of Twitter user counts here.

LSU vs. Arkansas

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

Today’s big football game between top-ranked LSU and Arkansas marks the 57th meeting between the two rivals since 1906, in what’s become known as the “Battle for the Golden Boot.” LSU has won 60% percent of the games over the last century.

These games have been become increasingly high-scoring contests. In 2007, for example, the teams scored 98 points, with Arkansas winning by two. This chart shows the points scored in each game, with the teams’ totals stacked by color: 

Data source: sports-reference.com

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How Dallas Cowboys Penalties Compare to other NFL Teams

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

The Dallas Cowboys in recent years have been among the most-penalized teams in the NFL, a fact that may have contributed to their disappointing seasons.

This year, though, the team is averaging about 54 yards in penalties per game, roughly the same as the average NFL team (before tonight). Oakland, by the way, has been penalized the most: 89 yards per game. Green Bay has been penalized the least: 36 yards per game. 

Here’s a quick look at how the Cowboys compared with the NFL average in per-game penalty yards since 2003 (notice the numbers are down in 2010 and 2011 … because Flozell Adams left maybe??): 

Here’s how the Cowboys have ranked among the 32 teams in the league. They were 31st in 2006 and 2008, but more recently have ranked closer to the middle of the pack: 

I’m not sure how much these facts have contributed to the Cowboys’ win totals, but notice they were down in 2006 and 2008 (due to many other factors, I’m sure): 

Data source: teamrankings.org