Yesterday was hot. Like really hot. According to reports, a new hottest June 12th in Seattle was recorded at 95 degrees (35 C). This is roughly how it felt walking outside briefly yesterday for me: Many in other parts of the US where it regularly gets that hot in the summer will laugh from… Continue reading Time to buy an AC unit in Seattle yet?
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?
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
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
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
Min/Maxing Optimization is the family of problems by which we want to find the maximum or minimum of something. Pretty simple when taken at face value. A lot of times optimization problems focus on finding a part of a curve or a plot that has a global maximum or minimum. This can be done with… Continue reading Pythagorean Rank Optimization
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