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NBA Drafting

June 10, 2014
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NBA Drafting

The draft for the NBA is quickly approaching.  Much effort on the part of teams goes into selecting the correct assets in a player to complement what a team needs.  Drafts also come in on much cheaper contracts than their more veteran counter...

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The Current Golden Era of the NBA

April 18, 2014
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The Current Golden Era of the NBA

We are in the midst of what many are calling a "golden age" of the NBA.  Being in the midst of a time where attention to the sport has seemingly increased is difficult to quantify.  For most people who have had an interest in the NBA over a l...

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Boston Marathon Winners and Challenging Africa

April 2, 2014
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Boston Marathon Winners and Challenging Africa

The marathon is dominated by African runners.  David Epstein in a relatively recent interview mentions about a specific tribe in Kenya called the Kalenjin, "There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon...there were ...

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Syria Timeline

March 11, 2014
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Syria Timeline

The UNHCR has provided a portal for tracking when refugees have left Syria and where they have gone.  The display of data in the graph below is in no way endorsed by the UNHCR, but was aggregated from their portal As seen in a previous post, neighboring countries and specifically Lebanon has played a significant...

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Lebanon shouldering Syria

March 10, 2014
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Lebanon shouldering Syria

The crisis that is Syria has had an incredible regional affect geopolitically, economically, and has required a significant response in humanitarian aid.  As the mass evacuation has occurred, surrounding countries are found hosting thousands of pe...

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Most Entertaining NBA Teams

February 20, 2014
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Most Entertaining NBA Teams

In a previous post I highlighted the Thunder keeping more of their games closer (within 3 points) than anyone else in the NBA.  As the season has progressed, this has changed.  The Thunder are still in the top five of most close games as of 2...

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State of the Union Speech Comparison

January 30, 2014
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State of the Union Speech Comparison

The State of the Union is historically a speech used to set the tone for the year...at least I think that's what it is.  The process of writing these speeches has been discussed before and first-hand detail is available in this article. &nbsp...

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Lyric Analytics

December 28, 2013
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Lyric Analytics

I was messing around with the text mining (tm) package in R and was thinking of something I could comb through.  I looked through some other blogs and websites to see how they were using it:  mining through presidential speeches debates&...

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What Twitter Says About A&E and Duck Dynasty

December 19, 2013
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What Twitter Says About A&E and Duck Dynasty

I was looking on twitter and noticed a lot of people talking about Duck Dynasty and then talking about the consequences to A&E.  I was curious on what was being said.  I mined Twitter for #A&E and #duckdynasty and got the following wo...

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OKC Thunder: Too close for comfort?

December 7, 2013
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OKC Thunder:  Too close for comfort?

The Thunder this season have already played some pretty exciting/anxiety-causing basketball.  Not just the excitement of watching new and old players return to the court, but the games seem to have been back-to-back nail-biting.  Peering arou...

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