Friday Roundup: Chill Out And Redo Your OkCupid Profile

In this week’s roundup, we reassure you that it’s not the Depression era and show you how to find love.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate your ongoing romance with statistics, enjoy Data Mine’s weekly rundown of the best data stories out there.

A chart produced by McClellan Financial Publications depicts the resemblance between today's stock market and that of 1929.
A chart produced by McClellan Financial Publications depicts the resemblance between today's stock market and that of 1929. 

Calm down. It’s not 1929: A couple of times now during the stock market’s recent climb, this chart has surfaced, reminding us all that there was this one other time the stock market was climbing pretty steadily, and it all ended pretty badly. Thank heavens, then, for people like The Atlantic’s Matthew O’Brien and Business Insider’s Matthew Boesler and Andy Kiersz, who in a few hundred words each slap us all across the face and tell us to snap out of it, because proportions.

Just lie and say you do yoga: Lonely on Valentine’s Day? Stop eating your feelings and revamp your data profile instead. Wired has the mother of all OkCupid data posts, with a slideshow exhibiting exactly what attracts potential matches, as well as what sends them away from your profile. In case you were wondering, for example, guys and girls alike do well to mention surfing and yoga in their profiles. In addition, girls can keep on doing selfies. Gentlemen, it’s smarter to quit -- I’m looking at you, Mr. Shirtless-torso-shot-in-the-bathroom-mirror -- even if Ok

Cupid has in the past said this tactic works.

Minimum wage data overload: How does the minimum wage in your state compare to the minimum wage in Ireland? How about the price of a Starbucks Caramel Flan Frappuccino Light Venti in New York City? How about one-tenth of one percent of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s hourly pay? Businessweek can tell you.

Seriously, ditch Internet Explorer already: CNBC’s Eamon Javers looks into what he calls “weird data” -- the odd and oddly specific things that “big data” companies are finding. For example, a company called Evolv has found that job seekers using Chrome or Firefox when they submit online applications tend to perform better as employees than people who use Internet Explorer or Safari. (Though it’s important to get the causality right here: ditching IE likely won’t make you a better worker, but if companies start watching for this, might as well get used to a new browser now.)

What a year of job gains looks like: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ The Editors Desk blog is a great resource for simple but information-packed charts showing what the labor market is doing. This chart puts a year of labor market movement into perspective, showing just how persistent those trends we hear about every month really are. Construction, for example, is bouncing back. Government, meanwhile, is still a drag on employment.