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Science… sort of DC Meetup 2014!

January 7, 2014
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Science… sort of DC Meetup 2014!

We’ve noticed through the magic of download statistics that we have a nice cluster of listeners in the DC metro area. With Patrick always nearby and Ryan in town for a bit, we figured a meet up would be fun. So on Thursday, January 9th, starting around 7:30pm EST we’ll be convening at the Science

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BEER REVIEW: End of the World Midnight Wheat

April 24, 2013
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BEER REVIEW: End of the World Midnight Wheat

I promised in Episode 166 that I’d review this beer with a bit more detail than my usual quick spiel on the show, so allow me to present: End of the World Midnight Wheat! An ale brewed with “midnight wheat, chocolate malt, chili and spice” from Shock Top (aka Anheuser-Busch) First and foremost a special

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A Contest of the Flyer Variety

March 25, 2013
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A Contest of the Flyer Variety

Guess what?! Charlie decided to institute another round of the epic Flyer Contest! Here’s how it works in 5 easy steps… Print out one of the two flyers below (or this link: here) Post it somewhere public. Examples include: a message board in your department, at your local comic shop, on your mom’s fridge, or

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Politicians

August 17, 2011
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Politicians

I like politics; I don’t like all of the lying involved.  If you ask me, I think that there should be “Ethics Committee” investigations into all of the lying.  Sure, tweeting a picture of your junk is probably not the … Continue reading →

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Slides from Rocky Mtn SABR Meeting

August 8, 2011
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Slides from Rocky Mtn SABR Meeting

Last Saturday I had the good fortune to present a talk on finding, gathering, and analyzing some sports-related data on the web at the local SABR group meeting.  In case you’re not familiar with the “SABR” acronym, it stands for … Continue reading →

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Google Trends, R, and the NFL

August 1, 2011
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Google Trends, R, and the NFL

A week or so ago I saw a tweet related how the NFL lockout was affecting the search traffic for “fantasy football” on Google (using Google Trends).  Basically, the search traffic (properly normalized on Google Trends) was down prior to … Continue reading →

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The RDSTK Presentation at Denver R Users Group

May 18, 2011
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The RDSTK Presentation at Denver R Users Group

Last night I presented a talk at the DRUG introducing the R wrapper for the Data Science Toolkit.  Lots of good questions, good forking, and good beer afterwards at Freshcraft.  The slides are given below.

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R and the Data Science Toolkit

May 2, 2011
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R and the Data Science Toolkit

I recently decided to present a talk to the Denver R Users Group (DRUG) on how to make an R package (May 17). There were only two problems: (1) I’ve never made a package and (2) I had nothing in mind … Continue reading →

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NBA, Logistic Regression, and Mean Substitution

April 19, 2011
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NBA, Logistic Regression, and Mean Substitution

I’m currently sitting at about 32K feet above sea level on my way from Tampa International to DIA and my options … Continue reading →

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NBA Analysis: Coming Soon!

March 21, 2011
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NBA Analysis:  Coming Soon!

I decided to spend a few hours this weekend writing the R code to scrape the individual statistics of NBA players (2010-11 only).  I originally planned to write up a few NBA-related analyses, but a friend was visiting from out … Continue reading →

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