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The Week In Data: Thieves, Chicken, And Romance

This is the Week in Data, our data journalism roundup. Here you’ll find the most-read FiveThirtyEight articles of the past week, as well as gems we spotted elsewhere on the Internet.


  1. Be Suspicious Of Online Movie Ratings, Especially Fandango’s
  2. Which NFL Team Are You Stuck Watching Every Sunday?
  3. Tristan Thompson Isn’t Worth Anywhere Near $94 Million
  4. The Media Underestimated Hillary Clinton, But Overestimated Her Debate
  5. Live Coverage Of The First Democratic Debate
  6. Chase Utley’s Illegal Slide Changed Everything For The Dodgers
  7. Did The Democratic Debate Change The Odds?
  8. 2015-16 NBA Preview: The New-Look Spurs Are Gonna Be Really Good
  9. Uber Is Taking Millions Of Manhattan Rides Away From Taxis
  10. Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz!


Most thefts are petty: A new study looks at property crime and finds that a surprisingly high percentage of young Americans say they have stolen something in the past year (1 in 3 young men and 1 in 4 young women), though the sums involved are often very low. [Wonkblog]


Whose good life?: Londonist published a series of maps this week under the headline “Decide where to live in London” showing the location of coffee shops and chicken shops in the city, suggesting “a surfeit of coffee suggests an upwardly mobile neighbourhood.” This seems like a pretty good excuse to point readers to this great piece by my colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum looking at a similar phenomenon in American cities. Reuben points out that coffee shops are a marker of a specific type of community — a white one. [Londonist, Gawker]


Reclassifying crime — correctly: A detailed investigation published this week found that the Los Angeles Police Department misclassified thousands of serious assaults as minor offenses over eight years and in doing so underestimated crime statistics in the city. [Los Angeles Times]

Who asks whom?: A survey of 1,060 U.S. teens found that girls are much more likely than boys to wait for someone to ask them out. [Pew Research Center]


Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.