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Retrieving Reading Levels with R

April 28, 2017
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For those that don't work in education or aren't aware, there is a measurement for a child's reading level called a Lexile ® Level.  There are ways in which this level can be retrieved using different reading assessments.  The measurement can be used to match a child's reading level to books that are the same level.  So...

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Neural Networks for Learning Lyrics

March 24, 2017
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Neural Networks for Learning Lyrics

I created a Twitter account which was inspired by a couple Twitter accounts that applied a particular type of machine learning technique to learn how two (at the time) presidential hopefuls spoke. I thought, why not see what a model like this could do with lyrics from my favorite rock n roll artist?Long short term memory (LSTM) is a...

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Supreme Court Politics

December 5, 2016
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Supreme Court Politics

I had wanted to post this before the US Election, but time constraints didn't allow.  With the potential for new Supreme Court Justices in the next four years, many voters and namely single-issue voters rallied behind Donald Trump for his seeming support for a conservative justice.  Most of the people I spoke with were primarily concerned with the potential...

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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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