Articles by Alex

Are petrol prices in Australia fair?

October 30, 2018 | Alex

Petrol is a product that used by most of Australians. So people are pretty sensitive to price changes, especially when the fuel become more expensive. With prices reaching $1.6 for unleaded the debates are becoming more and more hot. Are greedy petrol traders ripping off Australians or the price changes… The ...
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Accessing Magento 2 REST API from R

November 7, 2017 | Alex

Magento is my bread and butter and I like to do data analysis with R. Hence I though, can I access Magento 2 data through R directly, without need of export or connect to the database? Magento 2 has API, so I’ve decided to give it a try. Magento (including… The ... [Read more...]

Materials for NYU Shortcourse “Data Science and Social Science”

January 27, 2016 | Alex

Pablo Barberá, Dan Cervone, and I prepared a short course at New York University on Data Science and Social Science, sponsored by several institutes at NYU. The course was intended as an introduction to R and basic data science tasks, including data visualization, social network analysis, textual analysis, web scraping, ... [Read more...]

Crowdsourced Season 6 Drag Race predictions

May 21, 2014 | Alex

With Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the books and the new queen crowned, it’s time to reflect on how our pre-season forecasts did. In February I posted a wiki survey asking who would win this season before the first episode had aired. I posted this to reddit’... [Read more...]

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 predictions: episode 8

March 18, 2013 | Alex

Wow, last week’s Drag Race post made the rounds in the stats and Drag Race circles. It was cross-posted to Jezebel and has been getting some pretty high-profile links. A little birdy told me that Ms. Ru herself has read it. I think I can die a happy man ... [Read more...]

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