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Suprise maps

A great long read article about suprise maps from UW Interactive Data Lab -

"Surprise Maps are driven by a statistic called Bayesian Surprise. Bayesian Surprise is a measurement initially developed by vision researchers to help identify the most salient (interesting) parts of an image or video. The key idea is that it is not the data by itself that drives interest, but how the data shifts our models of expectation."

The Pedway: Elevating London

Reading about Thomasson (Thomasson: noun \ to-ma-son \ a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose) has led me to this great documentary film about the Pedway in London. If you've ever seen raised bits of walkways, strange gaps in office blocks it may be due to the London's elevated walkways.

The Pedway: Elevating London is a documentary on the post-war redevelopment in the City of London - focusing on the attempt to build an ambitious network of elevated walkways through the city.

A World of Disputed Territories

Did you know that Japan and Russia still haven't signed a formal peace treaty to end WWII? And did you know it's because the Kuril Islands? That's one interesting fact found by looking at the disputed territory map created by @galka_max. Click and explore the map to see all the various disputes, and check out the Metrocosm blog post for highlights of the stranger disputes.

Year in Search 2016

Google's year in search collates all of the top search terms of 2016. It means you can see what was trending in 2016, and filter by regoin or catergories. There is even an interactive map.

The Hollywood insider

Information is beautiful has developed a tool that allows you to explore data on over 1000 major films of the last eight years. It's facinating to see what films cost, the budget they recovered, and how they were rated by the critics. You can also alter the axis to compare different values. Using this tool you can see how in 2015 Sequels were a far safer bet for recovering your budget than original screenplays, but suprisingly remakes don't fare so well.

International number ones

A great data visualisation from showing what each country is number one at - be it good or bad.