Data Visualization Paris, as visualized by its most popular running routes.

Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Runners’ Eye View of a City

What do cities look like to a runner? A set of data visualizations published this week illustrates how the paths runners take through a city can sometimes differ dramatically from the structure of roads and highways preferred by cars. The visualization, created by statistician Nathan Yau, took data from personal run-tracking site RunKeeper in 22 cities around the world. Each city merits a detailed look, but some immediate insights include the fact that people prefer parks and will sometimes go far out of their way to run around them.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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