Have you ever thought about bringing cold, hard statistics to one of life’s greatest artistic joys? Well fear not, because in our increasingly data-driven world, our analyst friends are hard at work attempting to statistisize (numerize?) everything you can think of, so we can analyze… Read More »Analyzing Hip Hop – Who’s Most Lyrical, What Determines Popularity, and More
It’s Thanksgiving, also known as DJ Khaled’s birthday, and COVID-19 is back with a vengeance. We’ve all been cautioned by the CDC to celebrate a socially distanced holidays this year, and the data shows most of us are ignoring them so far. I’m not here… Read More »COVID: A tale of two Americas
The president has COVID. A number of his close confidants, including Kellyanne Conway and Chris Christie, have COVID diagnoses of their own. It appears that Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Rose Garden Nomination Ceremony was a “superspreader” event that spread COVID among all levels… Read More »Is the GOP taking COVID-19 seriously?
COVID has been tough for all of us. It’s been 171 days since the White House declared coronavirus a National Emergency, and life hasn’t been the same since. As with any major life change, there are bound to be mental health effects for a lot… Read More »America’s Mental Health
Race has a long and complex history in the United States, perhaps first dating back to 1619 when some “20 and odd” Africans were first brought to the colony of Jamestown. Since then our rich culture of immigration (some of it, unfortunately forced) has resulted… Read More »Do Black Lives Matter to the Police? A Statistical Look
Climate change has far reaching impacts beyond the gradual warming of the earth. The ocean is becoming more acidic, coral reefs are dying, and species are going extinct at alarming rates. In particular, extreme weather events appear to be becoming more common in recent years.… Read More »Are floods getting worse?
It’s been some 45 days since the White House declared COVID-19 a National Emergency and the bulk of us became largely confined to our homes. As people begin to agitate for the end of the quarantine and a number of states begin to open up,… Read More »Coronavirus: Some Thoughts on the Quarantine
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of COVID-19, colloquially known as Coronavirus (or, if you prefer, Caronavirus). Your state may have multiple confirmed cases, and you may be under quarantine and working from home. You might even have it and passed it to others… Read More »Coronavirus: How are we doing?
To create my metric, I make use of a 2-parameter model pioneered by Viboud et. al. Specifically, it measures number of cases on day t, C(t), using the following parameters: r is a measure of growth rate, A is a constant, and the “deceleration of growth parameter” is given by… Read More »Coronavirus: How are we doing? (methodology)
Recently, I had a discussion with a friend about income inequality and how it relates to the racial wage gap. I found this conversation particularly relevant given the current Democratic primary race, where wealth inequality has been a hot-button issue among the frontrunners. The logic behind… Read More »Income inequality and race