SETUP (CAN BE SKIPPED) We start with data (how was it collected?) and the hope that Read more »

SETUP (CAN BE SKIPPED) We start with data (how was it collected?) and the hope that Read more »

As a researcher interested in information flows in digital environments I’m often interested in finding patterns in social trace data. For this discussion we can think of digital social trace data as the text that people post into threaded topics on forums, like on Reddit or a Wiki Talk page on Wikipedia. One way to

In 2010, I wrote a short blog item about Florence Nightingale the statistician, solely because of its novelty value. I didn't even bother to look closely at the associated graphic she designed, but that's what I intend to do here. In this first installment, I reflect on her famous data visualization by reconstructing it...

In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users. The blog is.R ran an excellent series of R tips and applications in December, with posts including working with Stata files, working with graphs and networks, and text analysis. Kohske Takahashi provides R scripts to create a collection of optical illusions. Highlights...

In the last post, Examples of Current Major Market Clusters, we looked at clustering Major Markets into 4 groups based on their correlations in 2012. Today, I want to continue with clustering theme and discuss methods of selecting number of clusters. I will look at the following methods of selecting optimal number of clusters: Minimum

I just got a copy of Winston Chang's book R Graphics Cookbook, published by O'Reilly Media. This book follows now a series of O'Reilly books on R, including an R Cookbook. Winston Chang is a graduate student at Northwestern University but … Continue reading →

Sawtooth Software has created a good deal of confusion with its latest sales video published on YouTube. I was contacted last week by one of my clients who had seen the video and wanted to know why I was not using such a powerful technique for me...