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Posted on Sep 10, 2013

Show Me the Data

Show Me the Data

Millions take their dialects seriously. Just ask NC State statistics graduate student Joshua Katz.

In a June post in The Abstract, NC State’s research blog, Tracey Peake wrote about maps Katz produced to illustrate results of a survey by Bert Vaux of the University of Cambridge. The maps show regional word choices and pronunciation across the United States. Y’all vs. you. Soda vs. pop.

After being picked up by Business Insider and other online outlets, the maps went viral — garnering more than 30 million hits on some of the nation’s top sites in just the first 10 days.

Katz brought data visualization to the mainstream through interviews with the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, etc. “It’s good exposure for statistics, for thinking about data in creative ways,” he explains in The News & Observer.

And, Katz recently tweeted, the publicity helped him land a stint working for The New York Times’ graphics department this fall.