Posts Tagged ‘ random ’

Top 15 Daily Tweeters of #25bahman for the Past Five Days

February 16, 2011
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Top 15 Daily Tweeters of #25bahman for the Past Five Days

My friend Michael Bommarito has been doing the data community quite a service, capturing and sharing all of the traffic on Twitter related to the Iranian protests. Specifically, he has all of the tweets containing the #25bahman hast-tag, and made them available for anyone to download. I am unable to resist the temptation to explore a

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Statistical podcast: Random and Pseudorandom

January 14, 2011
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Statistical podcast: Random and Pseudorandom

This morning when I downloaded the latest version of In our time, I was pleased to see that this weeks topic was “Random and Peudorandom.” If you’re not familiar with “In our time”, then I can I definitely recommend the series. Each week three academics and Melvyn Bragg discuss a particular topic from history, science,

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A Very Data Christmas

December 21, 2010
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A Very Data Christmas

This week Google announced its Ngram Viewer, which allows you to explore the use of words in thousands of texts overtime, going back two hundred years. Given the relatively long time period covered by this massive data set, it is fun to explore how language has changed overtime. Some texts, however, seem to transcend time.

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Fun with infochimps: Animated Blog Post Hit Map

December 3, 2010
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In a few weeks I will be visiting Chicago, and JD Long—the organizer of the local R users group—has graciously invited me to give a presentation. Ostensibly, the presentation will be on my recently released infochimps package, so I thought it was a good time to start actually putting together some examples and documentation for

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Because it’s Friday: The 4th Amendment X-ray T-shirt

December 3, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: The 4th Amendment X-ray T-shirt

Here's a clever way to express your objection to the obtrusiveness of the new backscatter X-ray scanners at airports: A T-shirt with the text of the 4th Amendment printed in metallic ink: Also available in underwear format. Cargo Collective: 4th Amendment Wear

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Because it’s Friday: Asteroids

November 12, 2010
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A huge mass of rock hurtling in from space could really make a mess of your weekend plans. So it's comforting to know that the world's astronomers are out there keeping an eye for any potential earth-grazers. See their discoveries over the past 30 years in this beautifully-designed animation: Earth crossers are in red; earth approachers are in yellow;...

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Because it’s Friday: Werner Heisenberg at a traffic stop

October 29, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Werner Heisenberg at a traffic stop

I saw this on in a random image stream and it made me chuckle:A little googling suggests MathematiciansPictures.com is the source, where you can also get Heisenberg on a mug. Whether your coffee is in or outside the mug is, unfortunately, indetermin...

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Because it’s Friday: Arthur C Clarke predicts the present

October 22, 2010
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On the BBC Horizon programme in 1964, Arthur C Clarke made some predictions about the future. He prefaced his predictions with the following caveat: If, by some miracle, a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so farfetched, that everybody would laugh him to scorn. So what...

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Benoît B Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

October 16, 2010
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Benoît Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, died Thursday at the age of 85. His obituary in the New York Times covers his life and work, and is also a well-written introduction to fractals. Mandelbrot's famous book, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, was an inspiration to me in high school: that a simple question like "How Long Is The Coast...

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Busting gay stereotypes with data

October 15, 2010
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Busting gay stereotypes with data

As a gay guy, you sometimes have to put up with some pretty offensive stereotypes that get thrown your way by extremists in the community and the media. These stereotypes are usually deployed in the form of anecdotes about how gay people are "promiscuous" or "corrupting". These misrepresentative anecdotes have serious consequences, not just in the continued denial of...

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