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Data viz challenge: Recreating FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Deadest Names’ graphic with ggplot2

November 6, 2018
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Data viz challenge: Recreating FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Deadest Names’ graphic with ggplot2

I’ve recently begun reading through the book Modern Data Science with R, by Benjamin S. Baumer, Daniel T. Kaplan, and Nicholas J. Horton. It’s quite clear and informative. One of the things I especially appreciate about it is that I’m not finding the math to be too cumbersome. That is, even for someone like me, The post Data viz...

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Prophets of gloom: Using NLP to analyze Radiohead lyrics

October 13, 2018
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Prophets of gloom: Using NLP to analyze Radiohead lyrics

From the first time I listened to Radiohead’s The Bends, the band has been my favorite. I was a grad student in England at the time, and I recall listening to “Fake Plastic Trees” on repeat as I made my way to and from the library each day. By the time OK Computer came out, The post Prophets of...

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Death penalty trend choropleths in R

August 15, 2018
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Death penalty trend choropleths in R

One of my favorite places to find new datasets is Jeremy Singer-Vine’s “Data is Plural” newsletter, which comes out most Thursday’s. There is always something there to pique my interest. From a recent edition I learned about law professor Brandon L. Garrett’s death penalty dataset, which identifies and lists all of the death penalty verdicts The post Death penalty...

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Analyze party platforms in R the tidy way

July 31, 2018
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Analyze party platforms in R the tidy way

Let’s face it: When it comes to politics this country is exceedingly polarized. What I would like to do is quantify that polarization. To do this, I will use the platform documents that each of the political parties create during presidential election years. I’ll be using the tidy packages (i.e., dplyr, tidyr, tidytext), and the The post Analyze party...

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Analyzing voter survey data with R

June 29, 2018
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Analyzing voter survey data with R

I love polls. All kinds of polls, but especially political polls. I think I love them because I like politics and I also like to find out what’s going on in people’s heads, which is something that survey data allows one to do.So I was thrilled to find Anthony Joseph Damico’s Analyze Survey Data for The post Analyzing voter...

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