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Language Difficulty and Diversity

June 17, 2015
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Language Difficulty and Diversity

*For R users not interested in the post but the code, a markdown file is available on github.  Thanks to Zuguang Gu and Bob Rudis for the 'circlize' and 'waffle' packages respectively.I've been studying Arabic for about 10 months no...

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Boston Elite Field 2015

April 19, 2015
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Boston Elite Field 2015

Last year I posted about how chances of a non-African country winning the Boston Marathon seemed to be good because of the widening interval of winning times (more recently there had been some historically "slower" races and some historically "faster" ...

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Presidential Approval and Applause

January 26, 2015
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Presidential Approval and Applause

Some may have seen a twitter post about spurious correlations that myself and others mentioned on twitter.  Basically this was a joke about how correlation can be found in many things that certainly have no influence over each other.  I ...

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Interactive Simple Networks

December 31, 2014
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Interactive Simple Networks

This post isn't anything new in terms of analysis, but just a cooler look at a previous post.  I looked at board members of large companies in a previous blog post and showed via a simple network how they share board members and provided some...

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Winning a Marathon (Part 2)

December 21, 2014
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In a previous post I looked at a data set published by the AARRS that provides a lot of data on marathons around the world and specifically the winning times of every* race.  After spending a bit more time with the data there are a few more things...

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Winning a Marathon

December 5, 2014
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Winning a Marathon

The proliferation and participation in the marathon has increased substantially in recent years.  No longer is the distance an event reserved for the super-athletic, but at least in the US one can from many vantage points on highways or streets se...

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Syrian Refugee Informal Settlement Animation

October 26, 2014
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Syrian Refugee Informal Settlement Animation

This is an animation of the growth in Syrian refugee informal camp settlements in Lebanon over the past several years.  You can see from the .gif that the growth was most dramatic in terms of the number of settlements in the Summer of 2013.  ...

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Syrian Refugee Settlement Clinic Locations

September 30, 2014
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Syrian Refugee Settlement Clinic Locations

Previously I posted about the location of refugee settlements and how that had grown in density over time as well as in numbers.  As many NGOs and non-profits work in the area, they are providing much needed assistance to the people living around ...

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Syrian Refugee Density in Lebanon

July 10, 2014
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Syrian Refugee Density in Lebanon

I've done a few posts on Syria and have used data provided by the UNHCR for different analysis or visualization.  There are several links on their Syrian refugee data portal that communicate the breadth of this crisis numerically and vis...

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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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