Articles by jlebeau

NBA Drafting

June 10, 2014 | jlebeau

The draft for the NBA is quickly approaching.  Much effort on the part of teams goes into selecting the correct assets in a player to complement what a team needs.  Drafts also come in on much cheaper contracts than their more veteran counter... [Read more...]

The Current Golden Era of the NBA

April 18, 2014 | jlebeau

We are in the midst of what many are calling a "golden age" of the NBA.  Being in the midst of a time where attention to the sport has seemingly increased is difficult to quantify.  For most people who have had an interest in the NBA over a l... [Read more...]

Boston Marathon Winners and Challenging Africa

April 2, 2014 | jlebeau

The marathon is dominated by African runners.  David Epstein in a relatively recent interview mentions about a specific tribe in Kenya called the Kalenjin, "There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon...there were ... [Read more...]

Syria Timeline

March 11, 2014 | jlebeau

The UNHCR has provided a portal for tracking when refugees have left Syria and where they have gone.  The display of data in the graph below is in no way endorsed by the UNHCR, but was aggregated from their portal As seen in a previous post, neighboring countries and specifically ...
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Lebanon shouldering Syria

March 10, 2014 | jlebeau

The crisis that is Syria has had an incredible regional affect geopolitically, economically, and has required a significant response in humanitarian aid.  As the mass evacuation has occurred, surrounding countries are found hosting thousands of pe... [Read more...]

Most Entertaining NBA Teams

February 20, 2014 | jlebeau

In a previous post I highlighted the Thunder keeping more of their games closer (within 3 points) than anyone else in the NBA.  As the season has progressed, this has changed.  The Thunder are still in the top five of most close games as of 2... [Read more...]

State of the Union Speech Comparison

January 30, 2014 | jlebeau

The State of the Union is historically a speech used to set the tone for the least I think that's what it is.  The process of writing these speeches has been discussed before and first-hand detail is available in this article. &nbsp... [Read more...]

Lyric Analytics

December 28, 2013 | jlebeau

I was messing around with the text mining (tm) package in R and was thinking of something I could comb through.  I looked through some other blogs and websites to see how they were using it:  mining through presidential speeches debates&... [Read more...]

What Twitter Says About A&E and Duck Dynasty

December 19, 2013 | jlebeau

I was looking on twitter and noticed a lot of people talking about Duck Dynasty and then talking about the consequences to A&E.  I was curious on what was being said.  I mined Twitter for #A&E and #duckdynasty and got the following wo... [Read more...]

OKC Thunder: Too close for comfort?

December 7, 2013 | jlebeau

The Thunder this season have already played some pretty exciting/anxiety-causing basketball.  Not just the excitement of watching new and old players return to the court, but the games seem to have been back-to-back nail-biting.  Peering arou... [Read more...]
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