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Toronto Data Science Group – A Survey of Data Visualization Techniques and Practice

February 23, 2014
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Recently I spoke at the Toronto Data Science group. The folks at Mozilla were kind enough to record it and put it on Air, so here it is for your viewing pleasure (and critique):Overall it was quite well received. Aside from the usual omg does my voice ...

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Creepypasta – Votes vs. Rating (& learning ggplot2)

February 8, 2014
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Creepypasta – Votes vs. Rating (& learning ggplot2)

Excel: R, base package:R, ggplot:Am I overfitting? Probably.Code: More fun stuff to come....ReferencesSource data at Creepypasta.com:http://www.creepypasta.com/creepypasta-ratings-index/Code on gist:http://gist.github.com/mylesmharrison/8886272Creepypa...

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The Mathematics of Wind Chill

January 11, 2014
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The Mathematics of Wind Chill

IntroductionHoly crap, it was cold out.If you haven't been reading the news, don't live in the American Midwest or Canada, or do and didn't go outside the last couple weeks (for which I don't blame you) there was some mighty cold weather lately due to ...

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What’s in my Pocket? (Part II) – Analysis of Pocket App Article Tagging

November 10, 2013
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What’s in my Pocket? (Part II) – Analysis of Pocket App Article Tagging

IntroductionYou know what's still awesome? Pocket.As I noted in an earlier post (oh god, was that really more than a year ago?!) I started using the Pocket application, previously known as Read It Later, in July of 2011 and it has changed my readi...

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Everything in Its Right Place: Visualization and Content Analysis of Radiohead Lyrics

June 22, 2013
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Everything in Its Right Place: Visualization and Content Analysis of Radiohead Lyrics

IntroductionI am not a huge Radiohead fan.To be honest, the Radiohead I know and love and remember is that which was a rock band without a lot of 'experimental' tracks - a band you discovered on Big Shiny Tunes 2, or because your friends told you about...

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The heat is on…. or is it? Trend Analysis of Toronto Climate Data

May 27, 2013
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The heat is on…. or is it? Trend Analysis of Toronto Climate Data

The following is a guest post from Joel Harrrison, PhD, consulting Aquatic Scientist.For a luddite like me, this is a big step – posting something on the inter-web.  I’m not on Facebook.  I don’t know what Twitter is.  Hell, I don’t even own a smartphone.  But, I’ve been a devoted follower of Myles’ blog for some time,...

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xkcd: Visualized

May 6, 2013
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xkcd: Visualized

IntroductionIt's been said that the ideal job is one you love enough to do for free but are good enough at that people will pay you for it. That if you do what you love no matter what others may say, and if you work at it hard enough, and long enough, eventually people will recognize it and...

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What The Smeg? Some Text Analysis of the Red Dwarf Scripts

January 4, 2013
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Introduction Just as Pocket fundamentally changed my reading behaviour, I am finding that now having Netflix (and even before that, other downloadable or streaming digital content) is really changing my behaviour as far as television is concerned. Where watching TV used to be an affair of browsing through 500 channels and complaining there was nothing on, now with the...

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Gmail went down. Nobody panic.

December 11, 2012
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Gmail went down. Nobody panic.

Source: 1500 random tweets from today with the terms 'gmail down' (pulled from API).

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The Hour of Hell of Every Morning – Commute Analysis, April to October 2012

November 19, 2012
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The Hour of Hell of Every Morning – Commute Analysis, April to October 2012

IntroductionSo a little while ago I quit my job.Well, actually, that sounds really negative. I'm told that when you are discussing large changes in your life, like finding a new career, relationship, or brand of diet soda, it's important to frame things positively.So let me rephrase that - I've left job I previously held to pursue other directions. Why?...

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