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Lexi-Conflict: Harris vs Pence

Another fun debate! Since I already had the methodology in place from my evaluation of the Trump v Biden debates, it seemed like a logical step to tackle the vice-presidential debate as well. The same basics apply here: transcript from the The Rev and the text inspector tool from the …

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Lexi-Conflict: Trump vs Biden

The political circus surrounding the U.S. election has already moved on to something more interesting but I wanted to take a look at last week’s presidential debates from a lexicological standpoint. Full disclosure: I didn’t actually watch the entire debate in real time because I value my sanity. However, I …

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The Short-Circuiting of the American Mind (Part 2: Generation Q)

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson In many ways, the current circumstances in the U.S. mirror those of the old Soviet Union. Political leadership is stale and ineffective, public trust …

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The Short-Circuiting of the American Mind (Part 1: The Propaganda Trap)

“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.” – Valery Legasov ( From the HBO serial “Chernobyl”) The collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 is usually attributed to a combination of factors, including the war in Afghanistan, Chernobyl, civic unrest, low …

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Data Points: January 2019

A roundup of random thoughts on data, information and design for the New Year. Diversity in the 116th U.S. Congress There has been a lot of discussion this week about the racial, ethnic and gender makeup of the incoming class of congress, including celebrations of firsts on the Democratic side …

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I’m Not Quitting, I’m Failing Fast

Well, that didn’t last long. After only seven weeks of coursework in my Data Science program I have decided that it’s not for me. I can rationalize all I want but it basically boils down to the fact that I value my free time much more than I realized.This really …

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Taking the Plunge

After much thought, I’ve decided it was time to get a more formal education in analytics. I applied and was accepted to Georgia Tech’s online Master of Science in Analytics program this Fall. Classes start on January 8, 2018 — less than four weeks away!