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Predicting movie ratings with IMDb data and R

March 2, 2014
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Predicting movie ratings with IMDb data and R

It’s Oscars season again so why not explore how predictable (my) movie tastes are. This has literally been a million dollar problem and obviously I am not gonna solve it here, but it’s fun and slightly educational to do some number … Continue reading →

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Swimming in a sea of code

March 28, 2013
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Swimming in a sea of code

If you are looking for code here, move on. > In the beginning, there was only the relentless blinking of the cursor. With the maddening regularity of waves splashing on the shore: blink, blink, blink, blink…Beyond the cursor, the white wasteland … Continue reading →

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The evolution of EU legislation (graphed with ggplot2 and R)

March 19, 2013
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The evolution of EU legislation (graphed with ggplot2 and R)

During the last half century the European Union has adopted more than 100 000 pieces of legislation. In this presentation I look into the patterns of legislative adoption over time. I tried to create clear and engaging graphs that provide … Continue reading →

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Music Network Visualization

December 11, 2012
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Music Network Visualization

Note: probably of interest only to the intersection of the readers who are into niche music genres and those interested in network visualization. My music interests have always been rather, hmm…, eclectic. Somehow IDM, ambient, darkwave, triphop, acid jazz, bossa … Continue reading →

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Network visualization in R with the igraph package

November 5, 2012
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Network visualization in R with the igraph package

In this post I showed a visualization of the organizational network of my department. Since several people asked for details how the plot has been produced, I will provide the code and some extensions below. The plot has been done … Continue reading →

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Visualizing left-right government positions

March 19, 2012
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Visualizing left-right government positions

How does the political landscape of Europe change over time? One way to approach this question is to map the socio-economic left-right positions of the governments in power. So let’s plot the changing ideological  positions of the governments using data … Continue reading →

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Compiling government positions from the Manifesto Project data with R

March 12, 2012
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Compiling government positions from the Manifesto Project data with R

The Manifesto Project (former Manifesto Research Group, Comparative Manifestos Project) has assembled a database of ‘quantitative content analyses of parties’ election programs from more than 50 countries covering all free, democratic elections since 1945′ and is freely accessible online. The … Continue reading →

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