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Reddit Responds to the Election

December 5, 2016
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Reddit Responds to the Election

It’s been about a month since the U.S. presidential election, with Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton coming as a surprise to most. Reddit user Jason Baumgartner collected and published every submission and comment posted to Reddit on the ...

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Measuring Gobbledygook

November 24, 2016
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Measuring Gobbledygook

In learning more about text mining over the past several months, one aspect of text that I’ve been interested in is readability. A text’s readability measures how hard or easy it is for a reader to read and understand what a text is saying; it depends on how sentences are written, what words are chosen, and so forth....

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Mapping Election Results in Utah

November 10, 2016
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Mapping Election Results in Utah

My adopted home state of Utah has been a weird place this election cycle. For the unfamiliar, Utah is extremely conservative when it comes to politics; it is one of the reddest of the red states and has backed the Republican candidate for president for...

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Tidy Text Mining with R

October 27, 2016
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Tidy Text Mining with R

I am so pleased to announce that tidytext 0.1.2 is now available on CRAN. This release of tidytext, a package for text mining using tidy data principles by Dave Robinson and me, includes some bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as some new ...

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Singing the Bayesian Beginner Blues

September 27, 2016
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Singing the Bayesian Beginner Blues

Earlier this week, I published a post about song lyrics and how different U.S. states are mentioned at different rates, and at different rates relative to their populations. That was a very fun post to work on, but you can tell from that paragraph near the end that I am a little bothered by the uncertainty involved in...

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Song Lyrics Across the United States

September 25, 2016
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Song Lyrics Across the United States

The inspiration for this post is a joint venture by both me and my husband, and its genesis lies more than 15 years in our past. One of the recurring conversations we have in our relationship (all long-term relationships have these, right?!) is about song lyrics and place names. I think the first time we ever had this conversation...

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We Are Not Very Evenly Distributed

August 18, 2016
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We Are Not Very Evenly Distributed

I saw this tweet making the rounds this past week. Half of all Americans live in the red counties, half live in the orange counties pic.twitter.com/ptBXNbzSFQ— Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) August 8, 2016 Interesting! I saw people using this map to make the argument that the Electoral College was super important, or a terrible idea, or...

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Something Strange in the Neighborhood

August 4, 2016
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Today I was so pleased to see a new data package hit CRAN, and how wonderful to see such accomplished women writing R packages. What a great new data package on CRAN! And always great to see more women authors in #rstats https://t.co/nROMibqPxX pic.twitter.com/UEayWgx9bz— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) August 5, 2016 The ghostr...

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Return of the NEISS Data

July 21, 2016
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Return of the NEISS Data

Almost six months ago (!) I wrote a blog post about the NEISS data set, a sample of accidents reported to emergency rooms in the U.S. that are related to consumer products. Ever since I did that exploration, I have been wanting to ask a bit of a different question from that sample of accidents. How do the...

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Fatal Police Shootings Across the U.S.

July 6, 2016
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Fatal Police Shootings Across the U.S.

I have been full of grief and sadness and some anger in the wake of yet more videos going viral in the past couple days showing black men being killed by police officers. I am not an expert on what it means to be a person of color in the United States or what is or isn’t wrong with...

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