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A Simple Interactive Map Of US Prisons With Leaflet

September 8, 2015
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A Simple Interactive Map Of US Prisons With Leaflet

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? (Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist) Some time ago, I discovered Enigma, an amazing open platform that unifies billions of records from thousands of government sources to make the world of public data universally accessible and useful. This is the … Continue reading...

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The World We Live In #5: Calories And Kilograms

August 19, 2015
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The World We Live In #5: Calories And Kilograms

I enjoy doing new tunes; it gives me a little bit to perk up, to pay a little bit more attention (Earl Scruggs, American musician) I recently finished reading The Signal and the Noise, a book by Nate Silver, creator of the also famous FiveThirtyEight blog. The book is a very good reading for all … Continue reading...

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Going Bananas #2: A Needle In A Haystack

August 3, 2015
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Going Bananas #2: A Needle In A Haystack

Now I’m gonna tell my momma that I’m a traveller, I’m gonna follow the sun (The Sun, Parov Stelar) Inspired by this book I read recently, I decided to do this experiment. The idea is comparing how easy is to find sequences of numbers inside Pi, e, Golden Ratio (Phi) and a randomly generated number. … Continue reading...

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The Moon And The Sun

July 8, 2015
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The Moon And The Sun

Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. Then your love would also change (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet) The sun is a big point ant the moon is a cardioid: Here you have the code. It is a simple example of how to use ggplot:

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Trigonometric Pattern Design

July 1, 2015
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Trigonometric Pattern Design

Triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet (Tessellate, Alt-J) Inspired by recurrence plots and by the Gauss error function, I have done the following plots. The first one represents the recurrence plot of where distance between points is measured by Gauss error function: This one is the same for And this … Continue reading...

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The 2D-Harmonograph In Shiny

June 23, 2015
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The 2D-Harmonograph In Shiny

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe (Carl Sagan) I like Shiny and I can’t stop converting into apps some of my previous experiments: today is the turn of the harmonograph. This is a simple application since you only can press a button to generate a random harmonograph-simulated … Continue reading...

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Shiny Wool Skeins

June 15, 2015
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Shiny Wool Skeins

Chaos is not a pit: chaos is a ladder (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) Some time ago I wrote this post to show how my colleague Vu Anh translated into Shiny one of my experiments, opening my eyes to an amazing new world. I am very proud to present you the first Shiny experiment entirely … Continue reading...

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Simple Data Science To Maximize Return On Lottery Investment

June 1, 2015
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Simple Data Science To Maximize Return On Lottery Investment

Every finite game has an equilibrium point (John Nash, Non-Cooperative Games, 1950) I read recently this amazing book, where I discovered that we (humans) are not capable of generating random sequences of numbers by ourselves when we play lottery. John Haigh demonstrates this fact analyzing a sample of 282 raffles of 6/49 UK Lotto. Once … Continue reading...

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Bertrand or (The Importance of Defining Problems Properly)

May 13, 2015
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Bertrand or (The Importance of Defining Problems Properly)

We better keep an eye on this one: she is tricky (Michael Banks, talking about Mary Poppins) Professor Bertrand teaches Simulation and someday, ask his students: Given a circumference, what is the probability that a chord chosen at random is longer than a side of the equilateral triangle inscribed in the circle? Since they must reach the … Continue reading...

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Odd Connections Inside The NASDAQ-100

May 8, 2015
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Odd Connections Inside The NASDAQ-100

Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge (Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise) Analyzing the evolution of NASDAQ-100 stock prices can discover some interesting couples of companies which share a strong common trend despite of belonging to very different sectors. The NASDAQ-100 is made up of 107 … Continue reading...

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