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Facebook Hacker Cup – Beautiful Strings

February 26, 2013
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Now that the Facebook Hacker Cup is coming to an end I figured I’d post my solution to one of the challenges. Unfortunately I only made it to Round 1, but I was able to answer this rather interesting Qualification Round problem. The Problem: When John was a little kid he didn’t have much to do. There was no...

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Fun with Twitter

January 28, 2013
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Fun with Twitter

I’ve been playing around with the ‘twitteR’ package for R ever since I heard of its existence. Twitter is great and easy to mine because the messages are all-text and most people’s profiles are public. This process is made even easier with the ‘twitteR’ package, which takes advantage of the Twitter API. After exploring some of the package’s capabilities, I...

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Exploring GDP per Capita vs. Educational Attainment

January 9, 2013
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Exploring GDP per Capita vs. Educational Attainment

The inspiration for this post came as I was browsing texts and articles about USA’s GDP and I wondered what might have a positive relationship to GDP that would be interesting to graph and explore. I stumbled upon two datasets: US States by Educational Attainment and US States by GDP. The data looked clean enough so I decided...

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Visualizing McDonald’s’ Global Expansion

December 25, 2012
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Visualizing McDonald’s’ Global Expansion

I was inspired by a few animated gifs that I saw recently so I decided to make one of my own. For this project, I sought out a way to effectively visualize how Mcdonald’s expanded throughout the world. To do this, I created a heatmap of the world and using animations I was able to efficiently map out how...

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Project Euler in R Problem 9

December 13, 2012
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In Problem 9 of Project Euler we are tasked with finding the product (abc) of the Pythagorean Triplet (a, b, c) such that a + b + c = 1000. A Pythagorean triplet is a set of three natural numbers such that a2 + b2 = c2. To solve this problem, we firs...

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Comparing Quality of Life, Income Inequality, and Nobel Laureates per capita

December 11, 2012
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Comparing Quality of Life, Income Inequality, and Nobel Laureates per capita

Now that I’m done with finals, I finally have time to update my blog. I managed to find three separate Wikipedia entries: one about the Quality of Life Scores of several different countries, one about the number of Nobel Laureates per capita, and one that is a List of Countries by Income Inequality which uses

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