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xkcd: A webcomic of the internet, small talk, meta discussions, and whimsical phantasmagoria

October 25, 2013
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xkcd: A webcomic of the internet, small talk, meta discussions, and whimsical phantasmagoria

I've recently rediscovered my affection for xkcd , and what better way to show it than to perform a data analysis on the comic's archives. In this post, we use Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) to mine for topics from xkcd strips, and see if it live...

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The Happiest Emoticons

September 10, 2013
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The Happiest Emoticons

Clearly, a :) is happier than a :( but what about a :-* and a :-D ? Or a :-| and a :-o ? In this post I attempt to rank emoticons in order of how happy someone has to be to use each one. (And punctuate horribly to avoid mixing punctuation with the emot...

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Warrior Zombies from Outer Space II: Mayhem Unleashed

August 20, 2013
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Warrior Zombies from Outer Space II: Mayhem Unleashed

Given the speed at which I consume them, it's only justified that the first post on this blog is about movies. (Although, by that logic, it could have equally well been about sandwiches, Nutella, or tissue paper. Note to self: Look for a Nutella consumption dataset) Anyway, this post is about movie taglines - specifically, the words that...

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Visualizing Book Sentiments

July 30, 2013
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Visualizing Book Sentiments

Sentiment analysis of social media content has become pretty popular of late, and a few days ago, as I lay in bed, I wondered if we could do the same thing to books - and see how sentiments vary through the story.The answer, of course, was that yes, we could. And if you’d rather just...

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