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 – Exploring the BoardGameGeek Database

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

Correlation, Causation, and Congress

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