August 11, 2018

comparing audio features from my monthly playlists, using spotifyr

The NYT has a fun interactive up this week, looking at audio features to see if popular summer songs have the same sort of “signature”. After attending a presentation earlier this year, I discovered that these same sorts of features are accessible through Spotify’s API! How people curate their collections and approach listening to music usually tells you something about them, and since seeing the presentation I’ve been wanting to take a dive into my own listening habits. Read more

July 15, 2018

how should I get started with R?

Here’s some evergreen advice from David Robinson: When you’ve written the same code 3 times, write a function When you’ve given the same in-person advice 3 times, write a blog post — David Robinson (@drob) November 9, 2017 In a world overflowing with data science blogs, I’ve decided to write some notes about getting started in R. I recently crossed Robinson’s threshold, and want to write down my basic advice (so, hi! Read more

October 1, 2017

climbing into the crater: taking a second look at family net worth with the SCF

Matt Bruenig at the People’s Policy Project (PPP) published a post at the end of September, looking at 2016 data for family net worth as reported by the Survey of Consumer Finance (SCF). The post’s title was provacative (“Black Wealth Cratered Under Obama”), and the same goes for the findings being discussed. Using the 2007 and 2016 waves of the survey, Bruenig grouped family net worth into percentiles, and took the difference between each point. Read more

July 8, 2017

exploring NUFORC sightings

R code used for each of the graphics is available here. While flipping through an issue of the Economist a few years ago, I stumbled across an article summarizing UFO sightings reported across the US. It wasn’t a full feature, but the topic was playful and I lingered on it longer than I spent with the rest of the issue. Read more

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