Michael Jordan PPS and Johnathan Toews PPS Charts

Micheal Jordan Points Per Game
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An iconic Chicago Bulls player, Michael Jorden has had an excellent basketball career. His time with the Bulls had given him six NBA championships, all obtained around the years 1991 – 1993 and 1996 -1998. As the graph shows, Jordan had peaked his scoring average during his early years with the Chicago team.

It was only after Jordan’s point scoring average decreased, however, when the Bulls won NBA championships. This may be due to the fact that Jordan began playing more as a team member than an expert shooter. This, and having other Chicago greats, such as Scottie Pippen or Bob Love, to share in their point scoring efforts.

This graph provides evidence that a champion-tier team does not need a high-scoring superstar. Rather, a good team needs a balanced roster and good teamwork among the players to make it to the NBA championship. This is no surprise. Basketball is a team sport after all, and all elements of a team must work together to make something truly special.

Micheal Jordan has his place in a lot of hearts of Chicago Bulls fans, but it is important to remember that he could not have won those championships all by himself. That said, it is always fun to look back at those times and remember the glory years for the Chicago Bulls.

Johnathan Toews PPS Chart
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A captain for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canadian-born hockey player Johnathan Toews, is one of the staples of success for the NHL team. During his years with the Blackhawks, Toews had been a part of three Stanley Cup Champion Seasons, which include: the 2009-2010 season the 2012-2013 season, and the 2014-2015 season.

On the graph, we can see that in all those years, the number of goal assists were greater than the number of goals scored. Mainly, there is a very large gap between the two values during the 2009-2010 season and the 2014-2015. This is interesting, because in both cases, Toews’s number of assists peak during those times, and the number of goals either dip or stay steady.

The years were Toews had the highest number of goals does not also mean that the team was doing well at the same time. Rather, the assists better marked the Blackhawk’s success. As stated in the Micheal Jordan section, a team that is working together wins games.

Toews, while a good shooter himself, is better known as a great defensive player and passer, setting up goals for his other teammates. Having more assists provides evidence of good team coordination and the Stanley Cup-winning seasons shows just that.

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Unemployment Net Change Graph (2005 – 2015)

Unemployment is a big issue when it comes to daily life and politics. With this graph, created using Google Spreadsheet, we can see the net change of employment throughout the years listed.

Graph done through Google Spreadsheet
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Top 20 Cycling Cities Around the World

Bikes are economical, environmentally friendly, and a healthy means of transportation. Sadly, not all cities have the infrastructure to support safe or efficient cycling. For those who are curious, or for those who wish to move to such a place, this map shows the top ranked bike-friendly cities.

Off the bat, you will notice that there are many bike-friendly cities located in Europe. Is it because the previous infrastructure allows this? Or is there a cultural element that promotes biking? Regardless, Europe is undoubtedly the best continent for cycling and even hosts the top biking city, Hamberg.

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Illinois Grant Agency Data Visualized

According to data in the Illinois Data Portal, State grants have been given out to the tune of $14.8 billion since 1994. Here is a chart showing the four biggest State-run agencies that have provided the largest sum of grant money.

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An important thing to note about this chart is that there are many agencies under the section “other.” Below is the entire list of departments that resides in “other,” due to their relatively small monetary output:

Historic Preservation Agency
State Police
Commerce Commission
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Aging
Council on Developmental Disabilities
Healthcare and Family Services
Arts Council
Fire Marshall
Veterans Affairs
Agriculture
Natural Resources
Revenue
State Board of Education
Children and Family Services
Housing Development Authority
Board of Higher Education
Public Health
Criminal Justice Information Authority
Emergency Management Agency
Capital Development Board

While many of these agencies provide important services, they do not give out as much money for grants as the top four to be displayed on the chart effectively.

The agency with the most money given away by grants is the IDCEO, or Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. IDCEO provides grants and manages services that help with economic development. Businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments, and many workers benefit from this services.

The second-largest, in terms of grant money, is the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Needless to say, the IEPA works to protect the environment and the general health of the Illinois population. The agency provides grants to help environmental cleanup operations, water health regulation, and underground storage tank regulation.

Illinois Human Services provides the third-largest sum of grants for the State. The Illinois Human Services manages a various number of organizations that help those in need. They give out grants for a wide variety of human needs, such as mental health, alcohol and substance abuse and community services.

Lastly, the Illinois Department of Transportation gives out the fourth-largest sum of grants. IDOT manages all Illinois transportation systems and strives to improve them in order to move supplies and people as quickly as possible. The agency mainly deals with grants such as Highway safety, sustained traffic enforcement and the injury prevention program.

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Google Trends: Top Rated TV Shows and Video Games 2016

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Searches of the most top rated TV shows in 2016

According to IMDB the most top rated TV shows from 2016 are as follows: #5 American Horror Story, #4 Westworld, #3 The Walking Dead, #2 Stranger Things, and #1 Game of Thrones. In Google Trends, I compared these shows based on their popularity of google searches. Unsurprisingly, “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” are popular searches, and they peak when the show is airing or an announcement is made. Interestingly enough, however, is that the second highest rated show “Stranger Things” is not a very popular search term as a TV series. The only other time that neither “Game of Thrones” nor “The Walking Dead” is above the rest is when “American Horror Story” rises just a bit during the time around September 13th, 2016.

Some other interesting facts presented by Google Trends is the worldwide map. The interest for “The Walking Dead” is shown to be more prevalent in the western hemisphere (except for Canada and Venezuela), while “Game of Thrones” is more prevalent in the east (except for France, Spain, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand). Latvia is the only other country that differs from the rest, as “American Horror Story” is shown to be the most searched TV Show.

In terms of which country has the most interest in any of the five top-rated TV Shows, each show has a unique country in where it is searched for the most. As of today, Irland takes the top spot for “Game of Thrones.” Canada searches for “Stranger Things” the most. Costa Rica has the most interest in “The Walking Dead.” Norway has “Westworld” as the country most interested in it, and finally, Russia is currently the leader for “American Horror Story.”

Searches of the most popular Video games in 2016

There are many websites that cover the best “top rated games of 2016” and the list often varies. Rather than pour over each site to aggregate the data, I will go off of GamesRadar’s list of their top five choices: “Titanfall 2”, “Doom”, “Dishonored 2”, “Uncharted 4: A Theif’s End”, and “Firewatch.” All of these games peaked during release and tapered off after. “Uncharted 4” was the most searched for in 2016, after that, Doom, a remake of the classic 1993 video game, came in second place. Looking at the world map, we can see each country and their most searched for games. Currently, due to their relative popularity, “Doom” and “Uncharted 4” are the only games that appear on the map. The distribution of the games by region appears to be even and mixed.

As of now, the country that exhibits the most interest for “Titanfall 2” is the United States. For “Doom” and “Dishonored 2,” the Czech Republic has the most searches by region. Portugal leads in interest with “Uncharted 4,” and lastly, “Firewatch” is searched for the most in Hungary.

While the line chart shows the expected results of interest increasing near title releases and content updates, the interest by region shows some interesting results regarding which game is more popular in certain countries.

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