When teaching statistics, it can be difficult to find interesting data sets or information that engages students. However, you are in luck because there are several resources out there that do the work for you!

  • A perennial favorite to show that correlation is not causation is Spurious Correlations: http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
  • If you are looking for on topic real world data, The Pew Research Center makes its data available to the public. Not looking to go that deep? Each report has great visuals and the downloadable report includes detailed information about sampling methodology ,sample sizes, margin of error and confidence intervals. http://www.pewresearch.org/
  • Looking for great visuals and interesting displays of data? On the Reddit sub https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/ ¬†users upload their own graphs of large data sets or link to interesting displays of data from other sites.
  • Just want data? StatSci keeps a list of publically available data sets. http://www.statsci.org/datasets.html