Author Archives: Nick

Random Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode Generator

Let me first say that I'm a fan of everything Joss Whedon.  So when I was asked last year to create a 'Random Episode Generator' for Buffy, I jumped at the chance.  I also think this is a great way … Continue reading

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Uber Taxi Bar Chart Fail

I thought I would share something I found in an advertisement/marketing email from Uber Taxi.  See anything amiss about the bar charts? Let's hope Uber doesn't charge rates like they scale their bar charts.  Could be bad for business.

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The Hobbies of the Scripps 2014 Spelling Bee Contestants

I downloaded text data from  http://public.spellingbee.com/public/results/2014/round_results  and performed some text mining on the contestant interviews and came up with some interesting results.  The hobby with the highest round average was Volunteering followed by Chess and Movies.  I filtered for hobbies … Continue reading

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On the Seasonality of Hoppy Beers

Hops are what give beer a bitter, tangy, citrusy, earthy, fruity, floral, herbal, woody, piney, and/or a spicy aromas and flavors. Originally they were used as a preservative because of their natural antimicrobial powers, now they are a defining characteristic … Continue reading

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A Small Trick for Big Data in R

The other day I was writing a prediction script in R for a very large data set. I was data prepping and needed to create a logical vector from a numeric vector. I didn't want to spend the time loading … Continue reading

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Webscraping in R: Part 1

It's hard to believe, but webscraping in R can be done really easily. With no fancy packages either. I recently ran into the need to scrape weather information from the web. After writing the program, I realized this specific task … Continue reading

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Using DPLYR in R: A Quicker, Easier Way to Work with Data

As I promised, I thought I would show an example using DPLYR. I decided to create my own data set, instead of going with a canned data set in R. I did this to preface my next few posts. After … Continue reading

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