The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Today the science subreddit is having a discussion on racial bias in science in conjunction with Science Magazine publishing “Doing Science while Black,” by Dr. Ed Smith. This discussion has inspired me to share some research that I did a year and a half ago on the “pipeline problem” in tech, and STEM more broadly.… Continue reading The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I get into the extended discussions about politics on Facebook.  Sorry, not sorry.  Recently, I got into an in-depth analysis of Bernie's chances going forward.  Given his big wins in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, I pointed to this great project on fivethirtyeight.com to see how much he caught up. Who's on Track for the Nomination? describes… Continue reading Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

Statisticians come in from the cold

Two weeks ago my paper, Descriptive Statistics of the Genome, was accepted to the Journal of Computational Biology.  I think it was the best part of my thesis, so I'm excited to see it finally being published. Lectures Last week I gave my first talk/lecture at the monthly luncheon of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association.  That… Continue reading Statisticians come in from the cold

I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Update: Somehow I missed that members of the same Obama analytics team were called out for their lack of diversity on the campaign trail.  In this context, their quotes to and about me below provide an explanation. Update 2: My follow-up piece on this subject is here. Update 3: I also want to highlight more statistics about… Continue reading I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Optimizing Fanduel in R

I want to give a little background on my experience with fantasy football first.  If you're just looking for the algorithm just skip down to the section titled The Algorithm. Fantasy Football I like Chicago Bears football.  Even during rough seasons like this one.  I don't really care that much about other football teams.  So when my friends first invited me… Continue reading Optimizing Fanduel in R

Creating interactive 3D graphs for the web

In one of my previous posts I created a 3D visualization of California pollution data.  I promised to explain how I made it, so here goes. You can download the data from the bottom of this page at California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website.  From there you'd save the first sheet as a… Continue reading Creating interactive 3D graphs for the web