Articles by Assorted things

Using R to solve old solitaire

January 22, 2020 | Assorted things

There is an old solitaire I started to play when I was in high school, when classes became too boring. I don’t know if it has a name or if I invited it ex nihilo. These are the rules: It begins with an empty 10x10 matrix Write a 1 where ...
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How tennis has changed over time

August 27, 2019 | Assorted things

During the last years I have become a huge fan of tennis (both, on court and in TV). This year I followed (in TV) with attention Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Although clay and grass are very different surfaces I’ve found the game very similar. What happened with the serve-volley ...
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Are pollen forecast good enough?

February 13, 2019 | Assorted things

Introduction Maybe some of you (in my huge audience) have the bad luck of being allergic to pollen like myself. Since mid-January to the end of June I have to live very close to my antihistamines. Here in Madrid where I live health authorities issue newsletters (by email) with observations ...
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One tweet leads to some R work about births

October 4, 2018 | Assorted things

This new post was born because of my curiosity about this tweet: Italy 1960-2014: Big drop in annual number of births, big increase in ages of mothers. #Italy #fertility — Carl Schmertmann (@CSchmert) 7 de febrero de 2018 Sometimes you just feel the urge to recreate some ...
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Scrapping BOE in search of post election designations

September 25, 2018 | Assorted things

Anyone with little contact with spanish adminstration, or just with interest in politics, knows that after a major change in the party ruling the goverment goes an important amount of dessignations in the highest levels of administration. I want to quantify this by counting the dessignations and cessations published in ...
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