Visualizing Direction in Running Routes

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By Max Candocia

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May 17, 2020

A relatively straightforward method of visualizing the direction of a running path using R and ggmap. This also works for any sort of path data in general.


How Likely Are You to be Banned From Reddit?

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By Max Candocia

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April 08, 2020

How Likely Are You to be Banned From Reddit? I got a bot for that.


Outliers in a Triathlon

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By Max Candocia

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February 26, 2020

How do you identify an "outlier" in a triathlon?


Hiding Data in Images

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By Max Candocia

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February 23, 2020

Images are one of the most common types of data that people view on the internet, but could they be hiding more than the eye can see?


Visualizing My Runs in 2019 (and 2018)

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By Max Candocia

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January 20, 2020

A visualization of my runs in 2019 using R, with buttons allowing comparisons for my runs in 2018.


Hong Kong on Reddit

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By Max Candocia

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September 22, 2019

The recent Hong Kong protests have garnered much media attention. Reddit, one of the largest social media communities, has its own communities with different takes on the protests. Here, we take a look at four notable ones.


Pacing at the Boston Marathon

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By Max Candocia

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May 04, 2019

Insights and animated charts of the paces and splits of Boston Marathon runners.


Puns, Ranked from Best to Worst

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By Max Candocia

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April 01, 2019

After 508 individuals each rated some puns, I sorted them by average score. How far down the list can you go?


Modeling Heart Rate Recovery with Nonlinear Regression

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By Max Candocia

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January 09, 2019

Nonlinear regression models can succeed where linear models fail and highly complex models cannot be interpreted. Using heart rate data I collected from my runs, I demonstrate how my heart rate recovers after stopping as a function of temperature and rest time.


What is my Lottery Ticket Actually Worth?

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By Max Candocia

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December 09, 2018

When you buy a lottery ticket, how much is it worth to you? Is the giant jackpot the main draw, or do you find the other prizes alluring? Using expected utility, we can see that tickets are worth much less than you may already think.


Evaluate My Lottery Ticket!

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By Max Candocia

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December 07, 2018

What is the expected value of a lottery ticket, and is it actually worth it just for the jackpot? With this tool, you can look at what any number of tickets are worth, with a highly customizeable input.


What Are The Chances That Your Vote Makes a Difference?

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By Max Candocia

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November 12, 2018

What is the chance that your vote, or even all of your friends votes, matter in an election? This is a small application that can figure that out for you, accompanied by some graphs and explanations that should make it easier to understand.


What Age do Kids Start Going Trick-or-Treating, and When do They Stop?

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By Max Candocia

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October 22, 2018

When do kids start going trick or treating, and when are they "too cool" to continue going? Using survey data and a variety of statistical techniques, answers to these questions can be found to a certain level of statistical confidence.


Halloween in Wordclouds

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By Max Candocia

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October 21, 2018

Halloween and candies described in word clouds from survey data.


Costumes of Halloween

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By Max Candocia

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October 20, 2018

Which Halloween costumes have been the most popular, and which are the most similar? Visualizations of these with analysis using survey data from Americans across the country.


Learning Strategies through Reinforcement Learning

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By Max Candocia

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August 31, 2018

Reinforcement learning can be used to teach computers to perform complex tasks. In this lecture, I discuss two of my board game + reinforcement learning projects as a guest lecturer for STAT 385 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


What Kinds of Fireworks Do We Celebrate With?

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By Max Candocia

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July 02, 2018

What kinds of fireworks do people use most often on Fourth of July in the US? With some survey data and weighting techniques, we can see some general statistics about fireworks usage.


Wordclouds of America

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By Max Candocia

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July 02, 2018

Wordclouds of how Americans describe America


Fixing Survey Samples by Raking Weights

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By Max Candocia

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June 24, 2018

If your sample populations are skewed by gender, race, age group, or any other segment, you can use raking to weight your data and get more accurate estimates.


What do People Do for Their Moms on Mothers Day?

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By Max Candocia

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May 13, 2018

What do people do for their moms on Mother's Day? I sampled a small group of people and got a rough idea of different ways people show their love and appreciation.