Monthly Archives: August 2012

Social Networks of Shakespearean Plays – part 2

As a follow on to my previous work about social networks in Shakespeare, I wanted to see how the social network changes throughout the course of the play.  Using the same techniques as last time we can look at the social network structure by act. The density of the social network underlies the style of […]

Social Networks in Shakespeare

Privacy settings are very important when getting them wrong results in a duel to the death. When I think of social networks, I immediately start to think of Facebook, LinkedIn and the rest of their ilk.  These tend to dominate the landscape of our thoughts on social networks simply because they’re the biggest.  But social […]

A/S/L/(Neil Gaiman fan?) – Fusion tables and OKCupid

I’ve been thinking about data visualization tools lately.  In particular, I got some advice to checkout Google’s Fusion Tables.  I needed some data to start playing around with, but, luckily, I happened to have 29,035 OKCupid profiles laying around in a database (learn how I got them here). Age: First question, what does the age […]

How Andrew Hacker and the New York Times got it wrong

The July 29 New York Times Op-Ed page ran a piece by Andrew Hacker entitled “Is Algebra Necessary?”  In the course of the piece, he makes several arguments all pointing towards a resounding “NO!”  The arguments he makes are, in my opinion, all flawed.  I’ll address one of them here, surrounding the employability of people […]