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Sentiment Mining: Do Tweets Correlate with Team Performance?

It's been a while since I blogged about football, and it's about time again. I know the cool sport for statisticians to like is baseball, but keep in …

Natural Language Processing

Sentiment Mining and #ksleg Power Rankings

Here we go again. Once again mining one of my favorite Twitter hashtags for the last week (ish). First, a wordcloud to know what people are talking …

Natural Language Processing

Paul Davis Won 85% of Kansas by Population

<i>(Note to readers: I will get off this Kansas Political Data kick soon, and blog about football for the next six months. So if you're tired of this</i> …

Sam Brownback

Kansas Teacher Salaries: The $7,000 Mistake

Last Friday, Governor Brownback in Kansas held a press conference to cover various topics from abortion to education. Recent news stories in Kansas …

Data Science

Text Mining Part Three: A Better Use Case

Mining my own tweets yesterday was interesting, but wasn't the most illustrative example of good text analysis. There are a few reasons for that, but …

Kansas Politics

Text Mining Part 2: Fitting Topic Models

Finally have time to write my second post on text mining. My first post was late last week, and dealt with the rather boring subject of importing and …

Data Science

Analytics for Dating: Local Gender Ratios?

The other day I heard a friend in her mid-30's say: "I used to be on Match.com, but they were always connecting me to guys in their 50's." I thought …

Demographics

African American Clusters in Rural America: Prisons

In yesterday's post looking at gender ratios, I noted the weird highly "male" clusters in Western Kansas. Per the post, those clusters turned out to …

African-American News

Local Gender Ratios Part 2

Last week, my research for a friend led me down a rabbit hole of local gender ratios. That same research quickly helped me find some racial anomalies …

Housing

Text Mining First Step: Topic Modeling Your Tweets Pt. 1

Many businesses are seeing value from mining the vast amounts of text data they accumulate, meaning for analysts text mining skills are in high …

Data Science

Anatomy of an Analysis: How your Toolkit comes together.

This is a follow up to my original post on my Data Science Toolkit, which received a hugely positive response. One of the questions I get from young …

Data Science

Kansas Sales Tax: Drive to Missouri?

I have lived in Johnson County (JoCo for locals) Kansas for about a year now. For our out of State readers, Johnson county is considered the most …

Kansas City

Exponential Growth!!! Maybe not...

<i>It's much easier to sell a business plan based on the idea of exponential growth, than diminishing returns.</i><p>A few years ago, I asked a junior team …

Matched

Fitness Week #4: Garmin Vivo Fit 2 Review

A few months ago I started tracking my fitness using Google Fit on my phone. It wasn't ideal, but it was good for a while. Soon I bought a Garmin …

Wearable Tech

Fitness Week #3: Cumulative Fatigue

A couple of weeks ago I started feeling kind of bad. Tired. Run down. Not wanting to work out. Not wanting to go to work. Etc. What was going on? The …

Marathons

Fitness Week #2: Targeting

Yesterday an article on fitness trackers popped up on my Facebook timeline, found here. I thought it was an interesting article on people's …

Wearable Tech

Fitness Week #1: Distribution and Descriptives

I've been promising for a few weeks an update on fitness tracking results, then not delivering. I'm going to fix that today. In fact, I'm going to …

Skew

Up this week: No.. Really

At the beginning of last week I created this optimistic post about upcoming posts. I honestly thought I would be creating these two posts in the …

Taxes

The Briefcase: A Weird Reality Show

I was wrong in a tweet. No really, I was wrong on the internet, AND I am admitting it. Here's how it all started.<p>A few weeks ago my wife sent a link …

Honda

Tax Analysis Part 3: House Tax Plan June 12th

This morning my Twitter/Facebook feeds were littered with friends very upset about the Kansas legislature. Again. Essentially the story goes like …

Sales Tax

Income Versus Sales Tax Pt. 2: Exempted Food

This is a followup to yesterday's post analyzing the different impact between raising income tax and raising sales tax. There's a proposal to (in FY …

Retirement

Impact of Sales Versus Income Tax: Some Numbers

If you follow the Kansas legislature like I have recently, you've seen many debates on the correct way to increase taxes. The debate has risen from a …

Retirement

Normalize Your Data!

Hey, a non-football related post!<p>So occasionally I see someone trying to make an argument with data at get really annoyed. Generally this annoyance …

Skew

NFL 2015 Predictions: Finale and Playoffs

Bringing my prediction analysis of the 2015 season to a close, finally, though this is generally a lot more fun than the data I usually look …

NFL

Tuesday Jams: What's in my bag?

A little change in direction for this week's music. In fact, I'm not picking any music at all, I'm letting other people pick music for me (a meta …

Dave Grohl

NFL 2015 Predictions: NFC South

I saved the most exciting predictions for last!<p>Not really, but this answers the question: Will any NFC South team have a winning record this year?<p>The …

NFL

NFL 2015 Predictions: NFC North

On to the NFC North...<p>It doesn't take a statistical model to determine that the team who's quarterback looks like this will continue to sit at the …

NFL

NFL 2015 Predictions: NFC East

Next up is the NFC East.<p>Another Division I don't actively follow, but nothing too interesting here anyways. The Cowboys fall back to parity with the …

NFL

NFL 2015 Predictions: NFC West

And now the NFC West. Interesting stuff here.<p>The Seahawks essentially stay the same at 12-4 at the top of the division. This is actually a huge …

NFL

NFL 2015 Predictions: AFC North

Finally a division with massive shifts!<p>Once again a methodology link.<p>Only one AFC North team is projected at the same position as last year, and …

NFL