Perceptions of Major Difficulty at Dartmouth

The graph, arranged descendingly from the perceived “hardest” majors, indicates that students find Engineering and Chemistry to be the hardest majors: and among these majors, as well as in Physics and Astronomy, the percentage of students in that major that perceive it as such is more than 25% higher. However, while most majors are also perceived as a bit more difficult by students enrolled in them than they are by the general populace, and a few majors like Native American Studies are considered vastly so, several actually rank lower among students involved with those departments: with 3.4% of students suggesting that Neuroscience is the most difficult, and not a single Neuro major ranking it as such.

The data for my visualization is courtesy of Dartmouth Pulse, which collected the data as part of the “Top Five” survey. There were a bit more than 500 respondents, and the data was kept anonymous. I have Terren Klein of Pulse to thank for being willing to share the complete data set with me, upon my inquiry.

Daily Bitcoin Value and Search Interest Trends Since 2010

The growth of Bitcoin, in price and in public interest.

A few important events are included in the timeline for reference, but I think it looks much better without. Considered adding some dates/end-of-day prices for localized peaks, but the events are a bit more useful, and I like the cleanliness of the label-free chart.

May have to do another graph with Ethereum, Litecoin, et al if current trends keep up…


Data courtesy of 99 Bitcoins and Google Trends.