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State of the Union Speeches and Data

January 20, 2016
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State of the Union Speeches and Data

I've done a couple posts on the SOTU speeches.  In the past these dealt with word count, approval, and the vague notion that the applause the president receives has a relationship with his approval rating at that time (which had a lower correlatio...

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Philip Glass Composition and Exploding Boxplot

January 14, 2016
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Philip Glass Composition and Exploding Boxplot

This post will highlight a couple of my favorite things.  R programming and composer Philip Glass.  For those of you not familiar with his works, he basically pioneered the "minimalist" style of piano playing.  He has been writing and pe...

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Marathon Races Shiny App

December 19, 2015
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Marathon Races Shiny App

About a year ago I posted about men's and women's marathon (and longer) distance races from the Arrs.net dataset.  In the meantime, Shiny development and the open source announcement of plot.ly have brought data visualization to the next level.&nb...

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Continental Language Diversity

November 3, 2015
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Continental Language Diversity

Since language data provides for the demonstration of many visualization techniques, I thought of using another set showing official languages spoken across continents using a new visualization in the "UpSetR" package.  The graph can be used for c...

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Language Difficulty and Diversity

June 17, 2015
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Language Difficulty and Diversity

*For R users not interested in the post but the code, a markdown file is available on github.  Thanks to Zuguang Gu and Bob Rudis for the 'circlize' and 'waffle' packages respectively.I've been studying Arabic for about 10 months no...

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Boston Elite Field 2015

April 19, 2015
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Boston Elite Field 2015

Last year I posted about how chances of a non-African country winning the Boston Marathon seemed to be good because of the widening interval of winning times (more recently there had been some historically "slower" races and some historically "faster" ...

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Presidential Approval and Applause

January 26, 2015
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Presidential Approval and Applause

Some may have seen a twitter post about spurious correlations that myself and others mentioned on twitter.  Basically this was a joke about how correlation can be found in many things that certainly have no influence over each other.  I ...

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Interactive Simple Networks

December 31, 2014
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Interactive Simple Networks

This post isn't anything new in terms of analysis, but just a cooler look at a previous post.  I looked at board members of large companies in a previous blog post and showed via a simple network how they share board members and provided some...

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Winning a Marathon (Part 2)

December 21, 2014
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In a previous post I looked at a data set published by the AARRS that provides a lot of data on marathons around the world and specifically the winning times of every* race.  After spending a bit more time with the data there are a few more things...

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Winning a Marathon

December 5, 2014
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Winning a Marathon

The proliferation and participation in the marathon has increased substantially in recent years.  No longer is the distance an event reserved for the super-athletic, but at least in the US one can from many vantage points on highways or streets se...

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