Articles by aschinchon

Visual Complexity

March 10, 2015 | aschinchon

Oh, can it be, the voices calling me, they get lost and out of time (Little Black Submarines, The Black Keys) Last October I did this experiment about complex domain coloring. Since I like giving my posts a touch of randomness, I have done this experiment. I plot four random ...
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March 2, 2015 | aschinchon

Romeo, Juliet, balcony in silhouette, makin o’s with her cigarette, it’s juliet (Flapper Girl, The Lumineers) Two weeks ago I published this post for which designed two different visualizations. At the end, I decided to place words on the map of the United States. The discarded visualization was ...
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How Big Is The Vatican City?

February 24, 2015 | aschinchon

Dici che il fiume trova la via al mare e come il fiume giungerai a me (Miss Sarajevo, U2) One way to calculate approximately the area of some place is to circumscribe it into a polygon of which you know its area. After that, generate coordinates inside the polygon and ...
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The United States In Two Words

February 20, 2015 | aschinchon

Sweet home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue; Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I’m coming home to you (Sweet home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd) This is the second post I write to show the abilities of twitteR package and also the second post I write for KDnuggets. In this case ...
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Mixing Waves

February 10, 2015 | aschinchon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime, and shake well; strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist (Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe) This is a tribute to Blaise Pascal and Joseph Fourier, two of the greatest mathematicians in history. As Pascal did ...
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Visualizing Home Ownership With Small Multiples And R

February 4, 2015 | aschinchon

If everybody had an ocean, across the U.S.A., then everybody’d be surfin’ like California (Beach Boys, Surfin’ U.S.A.) I was invited to write a post for Domino Data Lab, a company based in California which provides a cloud-based machine learning platform which enables companies to ...
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How e Can Help You To Find The Love Of Your Life

January 30, 2015 | aschinchon will bring more love to the planet than anything since Jesus Christ (Gary Kremen, founder of Charlie is a brilliant 39 years old mathematician living in Massachusetts. He lives alone and has dedicated his whole life to study. He has realized lately that theorems and books no ...
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Simple Data Science Of Global Warming In KDnuggets

January 20, 2015 | aschinchon

Would love to get a post from you for KDnuggets (Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets President) Some days ago, Gregory Piatetsky invited me to write a post for KDnuggets. I couldn’t say no. He suggested to me some topics and I decided to experiment around climate change to demonstrate how easy ...
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Maths, Music and Merkbar

January 15, 2015 | aschinchon

Control is what we already know. Control is where we have already ventured. Control is what helps us predict the future. (Merkbar) Maths and music get along very well. Last December I received a mail from a guy called Jesper. He is one of the two members of Merkbar: a ...
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First Anniversary Of Ripples

January 7, 2015 | aschinchon

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is (John von Neumann) I started this blog one year ago and the experience has been better than I could have imagine: Ripples has been viewed about 30.000 times 49 posts published (... [Read more...]

The Awesome Parrondo’s Paradox

December 15, 2014 | aschinchon

A technique succeeds in mathematical physics, not by a clever trick, or a happy accident, but because it expresses some aspect of physical truth (O. G. Sutton) Imagine three unbalanced coins: Coin 1: Probability of head=0.495 and probability of tail=0.505 Coin 2: Probability of head=0.745 and probability of tail=0.255 Coin 3: Probability of ...
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Going Bananas #1: Superman Was Born In Kentucky!

December 8, 2014 | aschinchon

Who knows? Could be the tropic heat or something that I eat, that makes me gonzo (I’m Going Bananas, Madonna) This is the first post of a new category called “Going Bananas” in which I will post totally crazy experiments. My aim is to try some techniques without taking ...
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The World We Live In #3: Breastfeeding

December 1, 2014 | aschinchon

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable (Mark Twain) According to World Health Organization, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. Thus, the defining characteristic of continued breastfeeding is that the ...
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Circlizing Numbers

November 24, 2014 | aschinchon

She makes the sound the sea makes to calm me down (Dissolve Me, Alt-J) Searching how to do draw chord diagrams in the Internet with ggplot2 I found a very-easy-to-use package called circlize which does exactly that. A chord diagram shows relationships between things so the input to draw it ...
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November 17, 2014 | aschinchon

Why do some mathematicians wear a white coat? Are they afraid to be splashed by an integral? (Read on Twitter) If you run into someone wearing a white coat who tells you something like e raised to minus 3 by zero point five plus x squared plus y squared between two ...
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3D-Harmonographs In Motion

November 10, 2014 | aschinchon

I would be delighted to co write a post (Andrew Wyer) One of the best things about writing a blog is that occasionally you get to know very interesting people. Last October 13th I published this post about the harmonograph, a machine driven by pendulums which creates amazing curves. Two ... [Read more...]

A Little Present For Coldplay

November 3, 2014 | aschinchon

Gravity, release me, and don’t ever hold me down, now my feet won’t touch the ground (Coldplay, Life In Technicolor II) Inspired by this nice post and by this cover of a Coldplay’s album: I have dared to do this using ggplot, polar coordinates and Google Fonts: ...
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Size Doesn’t Matter

October 26, 2014 | aschinchon

An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break (Ancient Chinese Legend) I use to play once a year with my friends to Secret Santa (in Spain we call it Amigo Invisible). As you can ...
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The World We Live In #2: To Study Or To Work

October 19, 2014 | aschinchon

I was getting ready for school and about to wear my uniform when I remembered that our principal had told us not to wear uniforms. So I decided to wear my favorite pink dress (Malala Yousafzai) After reading the diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl and Malala’s history, there is ...
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