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.
Terms like “margin of error” and “standard deviation” are less known to the general public than, say, “average” or “median.” But based on controversies related to close election results in the U.S. over the last decade, these are terms we should start becoming familiar with.
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.
Lately Iâ€™ve been interested in sentiment analysis, aka opinion mining. Itâ€™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.
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.”Â