Rhythms of Equality and Inequality

February 6, 2011 | Ethan Brown

Today I unveil my very first statistical YouTube video! I will do anything to keep you statisfied, and if that means YouTube, then so be it. But first, some exposition: In Panama, 10 percent of the population owned 45 percent of the income in 2000, whereas the bottom 10 percent owned only 0.6 percent. How [...] [Read more...]

Listening for trends in US baby names over 130 years

January 25, 2011 | Ethan Brown

What happens when you mash together R‘s data crunching magic, Festival‘s speech synthesis power, and the audio wonders of the venerable music language Csound? You fall even more in love with free and open-source software, and you start hearing sounds like this: A single beat of the above ... [Read more...]

Dial-a-statistic! Featuring R and Estonia

January 16, 2011 | Ethan Brown

Did you wake up this morning hoping that you would be able to listen to telephone beeps inspired by Estonian web site metrics? I knew you did! First things first: I came up with the slightly crazy idea of using the bleepy sounds that telephones make, called “dual-tone multifrequency” (DTMF) ... [Read more...]

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