This post started with the question to my wife “How many classical composers have had syphilis??” She is a bit more knowledgeable than I am about classical music, but even she didn’t know off-hand (other than, a lot of them).
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.
The Social Security Administration makes all its data on baby names available to the public, which as you can imagine leads to some fun analyses. I decided to look at the influence J.R.R. Tolkien, in particular the Lord of the Rings novels, has had on baby names over the decades since his books were published.
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.
Since I had all that data on superhero films sitting around after my last post, I decided to take a shot at the ongoing debate over whether there are too many superhero movies. The question pops up so often that once I was finished with my analysis, a new article at The Guardian declared “We’ve reached peak superhero. So which ones should we cull?“