• Chicago

    I live and work in Chicago. You can contact me via these pages
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  • Computational Cosmology

    Until 2013 I was a computational cosmologist working on simulations of galaxy formation.
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  • Data Engineering

    By day I am a data engineer at Narrative Science
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Recent Blog Posts

Data Visualization Projects

April 12, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks I have put together a couple of (I think) really cool data visualization projects, but they're not yet linked from anywhere on this website. I'm fixing that right now. Check these out!   Map of Software I used a web spider to crawl stack...

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The weights of over 16,000 NFL players

March 16, 2014

There have been a large number of news reports about concussions in the NFL, and how it's "today's monster players" laying down big hits on one another that lead to this danger. I decided to go into the numbers and take a look at this form myself. Here's a graph...

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The relative-age effect in pro-sports

March 13, 2014

I remember reading a Malcolm Gladwell book, Outliers, and learning about an idea that he popularized. Namely, that if you look at ice hockey teams, the majority of the players were born in January through March. The explanation for this is the so-called relative-age effect. Namely: In Canada, the cutoff...

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Sundry Story Structures

March 10, 2014

Today I fell into a Wikipedia-hole. You know how it goes, two wrong clicks and suddenly you've spent six hours learning the biographical histories of characters from Super Mario. Thankfully, today was somewhat more productive than that, and I found myself reading about story structure and narrative study. After seeing...

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