Where Have the Blue Whales Gone?

While planning an upcoming trip to Southern California I ran across various sites advertising whale watching excursions and noticed that several companies actually post logs of sightings. If you have read more than a couple posts on this site, you know I’m not one to turn down an opportunity to scrape and analyze data! After merging the logs with water temperature data from the NOAA, I uncovered an interesting story behind the numbers.

New Timezone, Same Tomfoolery

Apologies for my prolonged absence. I had to pilot a Honda Fit full of our belongings and one terrified cat from Oakland, CA, to Washington, D.C. Since this is a site about nerdy stats, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about “How long did it take?”, etc., I decided to share some of the details here.

Using Data to Tell Better Stories

Lately I’ve been interested in sentiment analysis, aka opinion mining. It’s a method that combines natural language processing with text analysis to basically identify (and quantify!) feelings created by words. Julia Silge has a fantastic example on her blog, where she mined her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice.

How Twitter Feels About David Bowie

I was working on a post involving game theory and Condottiere when the news broke that David Bowie passed. To say he was an inspiration to me is an understatement. When my son was a newborn, he was colicky and would cry non-stop. One night, I put on every David Bowie song I could think of and just danced with him in my arms. He fell asleep somewhere around “Let’s Dance.”