It’s obvious that my previous blog posts show that I’m a little obsessed with tabletop board games at the moment. Like all people waist deep in their hobby, I’ve been having to steady myself multiple times in the Amazon shopping cart thinking “hmm…am I really interested in this game, or is it just that I’m… Continue reading How Interested In This Thing Am I Really?
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
It’s often hard to figure out ways to review a product. How do we determine if it’s worth our time and focus? How do we assess what other people think about that product? In the case of the gaming sector: is it good enough to warrant me playing it? In 2015 I gave a talk… Continue reading Sentiment Mining of Steam User Reviews
Board games have changed. Much of the time when a friend suggests breaking out a board game to play, people will sigh. Monopoly, Life, dare I go so far as to say Checkers too? These are games that have been around forever (and by forever I mean the 1950s), take way too long to play,… Continue reading The Data Science of Board Games – Exploring the BoardGameGeek Database
Data comes in many forms, but a lot of the time people are focused with how that data is evolving over time. There’s been numerous projects I’ve done in the past that have had some kind of sales data that looked like: Where we have a date/time value across all geographic locations, with multiple SKUs… Continue reading Hierarchical Regression Modelling
The reddit site /r/dataisbeautiful too often has fun visualizations, but improper meaning derived from them. Some time ago, there was a post showing political donations to congress from the telecom lobby: Clearly the context is to try and show that there’s a lot of money being dumped into congress in order to affect their thinking on votes… Continue reading Correlation, Causation, and Congress