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Materials for NYU Shortcourse “Data Science and Social Science”

January 27, 2016
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Pablo Barberá, Dan Cervone, and I prepared a short course at New York University on Data Science and Social Science, sponsored by several institutes at NYU. The course was intended as an introduction to R and basic data science tasks, including data visualization, social network analysis, textual analysis, web scraping, and APIs. The workshop is geared… Continue reading →

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Crowdsourced Season 6 Drag Race predictions

May 21, 2014
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Crowdsourced Season 6 Drag Race predictions

With Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the books and the new queen crowned, it’s time to reflect on how our pre-season forecasts did. In February I posted a wiki survey asking who would win this season before the first episode had aired. I posted this to reddit’s r/rupaulsdragrace, Twitter, and Facebook, and it generated an… Continue reading →

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THE FINAL FOUR – Drag Race season 5, episode 11 predictions

April 15, 2013
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THE FINAL FOUR – Drag Race season 5, episode 11 predictions

We’re in the Final Four now, the actual final four that matters (sorry sports forecasters). Last week, Coco got the chop, which made sense statistically (she had a huge relative risk AND had been the first queen to have had to lipsync four times) and from a narrative standpoint — Alyssa got eliminated the week… Continue reading →

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More variables, spinoff projects, and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 predictions: episode 10

April 8, 2013
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More variables, spinoff projects, and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 predictions: episode 10

Last week, Alyssa got the boot and Jinkx kept her place. And I totally called it with my first model that accounted for the proportional hazards assumption. I think the model is having a little more success as the season plods on. Before I get to the predictions for episode 10, there’s two really interesting… Continue reading →

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Model assessment (and predictions for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Episode 9)

March 25, 2013
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Model assessment (and predictions for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, Episode 9)

Last week, Alaska took it home with her dangerous performance, while Ivy Winters was sent home after going up against Alyssa Edwards. This is sad on many fronts. First, I love me some Ivy Winters. Second, Jinkx had revealed that she had a crush on Ivy, and the relationship that may have flourished between the… Continue reading →

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RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 predictions: episode 8

March 18, 2013
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RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 predictions: episode 8

Wow, last week’s Drag Race post made the rounds in the stats and Drag Race circles. It was cross-posted to Jezebel and has been getting some pretty high-profile links. A little birdy told me that Ms. Ru herself has read it. I think I can die a happy man knowing that RuPaul has visited Bad… Continue reading →

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Lipsyncing for your life: a survival analysis of RuPaul’s Drag Race

March 11, 2013
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Lipsyncing for your life: a survival analysis of RuPaul’s Drag Race

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The transformation, the glamour, the sheer eleganza extravanga is something my life needs to interrupt the monotony of grad school. I was able to catch up on nearly four seasons in a little less than a month, and I’ve been watching the… Continue reading →

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