When Will the James Webb Space Telescope Launch?

My love of space and exploration throughout my life has been driven a lot by cool space missions and those impressive pictures you see of far distant galaxies. In particular, images form the Hubble Space Telescope really helped to drive my interest in the universe. I had been watching with great interest the launch of… Continue reading When Will the James Webb Space Telescope Launch?

Bike Racing and Clustering

This cycling off-season, I’ve been experimenting with races on the game platform Zwift. These are cute online races where your digital avatar races against other real people at the same time by connecting your bike’s power output through a stationary trainer to your computer.   These races are put on by various communities like World… Continue reading Bike Racing and Clustering

The Data Science of Board Games @ PAX West

I had the great privilege to give a talk on using data science on data from the board gaming world this year at PAX West. The source data and code used in the talk can be found my github account: https://github.com/scottburger/pax17. The presentation slides can be found below:   Over 300 people showed up to the talk,… Continue reading The Data Science of Board Games @ PAX West

Steam Games and Recommendation Systems

Every so often I’m at a loss to suggest what game I should recommend me and all my friends get together and play. Sometimes I’m at a loss for what game even I should be playing. After ruminating and playing around with some modelling scenarios, I think I may have designed a pretty decent game recommendation system… Continue reading Steam Games and Recommendation Systems

Somewhat Dissatisfied – How to reformulate a KPI to be more statistically balanced

KPI Genealogy There was a project I worked on a long time ago where I was brought in to provide some data science magic on why this group’s KPI wasn’t moving. A KPI is a Key Performance Indicator: something you use to tell you the heartbeat of your business. Are the things we doing having… Continue reading Somewhat Dissatisfied – How to reformulate a KPI to be more statistically balanced