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May 13, 2016

The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making

Hakuho, the yokozuna

Hakuhō, largely considered the best sumo wrestler in the modern era, pictured here with the traditional yokozuna rope during dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremony) – Photo by Tim Foley.

FiveThirtyEight has released a new data visualization in tandem with an article on an upcoming sumo wrestling match which has been billed as one for the ages. While sumo has been around for roughly one thousand years, statistics on professional matches have been kept since 1684. The results of nearly every major tournament have been compiled dating back to 1761.

While this seems like an unusual story to cover on a blog like this, it is a good example of statistical analysis that is used commonly within the digital humanities realm in finding an answer to “who could be the greatest sumo wrestler of all time?”

If you’re curious to know more, check out the full data visualization at this link.

For the associated article on the long-awaited match and a brief summary on some of the legendary wrestlers, click here.

Tim Foley’s in-depth article on the world of sumo, click here.

February 27, 2015

Tracking rain and snow across the globe

NASA Global Precipitation Visualization Image from May 20, 2014NASA released a new visualization of storms that took place in 2014 gathered from the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory–a satellite network created with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)–that provides near real-time precipitation data covering most of the planet.

One of the stated goals of this project is to assist emergency management teams in issuing evacuation notices with the data to back it up.

For more information, check out the press release from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Follow this link for the full visualization of the data set. (YouTube)

Visualizations like this one are done here at CASIT through the ACISS cluster managed by our Research Support Services team. For more information about their work, please check out their website.