Articles by John Myles White


March 4, 2009 | John Myles White

We Americans have a reputation as being unworldly. Given the results of the most recent Pew survey, perhaps we deserve it. Evidently, the majority of us never move out of our home states. [Read more...]

Click Tracks and Beat Detection

March 4, 2009 | John Myles White

Being a drummer, a programmer and a fan of statistical analysis, this post on the (unnaturally) perfect timing of drum parts recorded to a click track was a real delight to me. Of course, many claims in the post are odd: it seems hard to imagine that a... [Read more...]

Color Schemes for R Bar Plots

March 1, 2009 | John Myles White

A recurrent source of irritation for me is the absence of a good default behavior in R for choosing the color scheme for bar plots. A stacked bar plot looks only as good as the color scheme you use. In hope of finding a usable scheme that I could settl... [Read more...]

Single Letter Frequencies in English

February 15, 2009 | John Myles White

Every time that I read a paper that discusses the frequencies of single letters in English, I feel like I should sit down and calculate them for myself from a sample of English text. Today, I finally did. Here are the probabilities and negative log pro... [Read more...]

Princeton Graduate Student Housing

February 8, 2009 | John Myles White

For any Princeton graduate students who are interested, here’s the success rate for graduate students applying for school housing. These charts were built using the data from the 2008-2009 Room Draw Statistics pamphlet provided by the Division of Hou... [Read more...]

Visualizing Eigenfactors

January 30, 2009 | John Myles White

These interactive graphics are simply beautiful. And they just so happen to be profoundly informative about the structure of modern science as well. Here’s to the hope that we will see more work from Moritz Stefaner soon that shows how our aesthetic ... [Read more...]

Forecasting Presidential Elections

January 7, 2009 | John Myles White

Because of Andrew Gelman’s strong, repeated recommendations, I’ve been reading “Forecasting Presidential Elections” by Steven J. Rosenstone for the last two days. It’s quite a remarkable book and complex enough that I’m sure I’ll return t... [Read more...]
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