Articles by Outsider Data Science

Covid Cases vs. Deaths

December 5, 2020 | Outsider Data Science

Introduction I have a macabre fascination with tracking the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. I suspect there are two reasons for this. One, by delving into the numbers I imagine I have some control over this thing. Second, it feels like lighting a candle to show that science can reveal ...
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What Do The Ramones Want?

January 14, 2020 | Outsider Data Science

Recently I saw a tweet that shared this hilarious poster of Ramones “wants”. Dan Gneiding (aka Grayhood) is the graphic designer who created this. You can buy it here Very cool, but how accurate is it? I asked Dan and says he took some artistic license, as he should! You ...
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State Taxes: It’s not just about Income

December 7, 2019 | Outsider Data Science

Which States Impose the Most “Tax Pain?” Much of the discussion around tax burdens focuses on income taxes but, at the state level, that leaves out two other big sources of tax liability, sales and property taxes. Here we’ll quickly look at the interplay of all three taxes in ...
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Why I migrated from Excel to R

June 11, 2019 | Outsider Data Science

I’ve been a spreadsheet power user from the days of Visicalc for the Apple ][. I migrated to Lotus 1-2-3, to Borland Quattro and finally to Excel. With Excel, I’ve bludgeoned Visual Basic to create some pretty complicated dashboards and analytics. ...
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