Taylor Swift
Culture

Does Taylor Swift have a big (and bad) reputation? Twitter scraping using R

"Big reputation, big reputation, ooh you and me we’ve got big reputations." Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation, in November last year. The old Taylor is dead, and in her place is a new, edgier Taylor, toughened from the years of media scrutiny, turbulent relationships and high-profile celebrity feuds. Whether you like the album or not (personally, I love it), this article is not really about Taylor Swift. This is about my first experience delving into the world of Twitter scraping.

By Jennifer Snape

Taylor Swift
Culture

Does Taylor Swift have a big (and bad) reputation? Twitter scraping using R

"Big reputation, big reputation, ooh you and me we’ve got big reputations." Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation, in November last year. The old Taylor is dead, and in her place is a new, edgier Taylor, toughened from the years of media scrutiny, turbulent relationships and high-profile celebrity feuds. Whether you like the album or not (personally, I love it), this article is not really about Taylor Swift. This is about my first experience delving into the world of Twitter scraping.

  By Jennifer Snape

Science

Why my father had to defend decades' worth of data in court

Back in the 1990s, British miners were fighting for compensation for diseases linked to coal dust exposure. Epidemiology and statistics were essential to the miners’ case, so mine operators sought...

By Jonny Jacobsen

Politics

You can trust the polls in 2018, if you read them carefully

On the morning of 8 November 2016, many Americans went to bed confident that Hillary Clinton would be elected the nation’s first female president. Their confidence was driven, in no...

By Josh Pasek and Michael Traugott

Michael Jacobsen
Science

Why my father had to defend decades' worth of data in court

Back in the 1990s, British miners were fighting for compensation for diseases linked to coal dust exposure. Epidemiology and statistics were essential to the miners’ case, so mine operators sought to cast doubt on the data – and it fell to my father, Michael Jacobsen (pictured), to argue that the research was sound.

  By Jonny Jacobsen

Midterm sticker on jumper
Politics

You can trust the polls in 2018, if you read them carefully

On the morning of 8 November 2016, many Americans went to bed confident that Hillary Clinton would be elected the nation’s first female president. Their confidence was driven, in no small part, by a pervasive message that Clinton was ahead in the polls and forecasts leading up to the election.

  By Josh Pasek and Michael Traugott

R book covers
Science

R book review: Two approaches to learning data science

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review declared data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. Six years on it is still “America’s Hottest Job”, according to Bloomberg. As a statistician or data analyst you might be willing to give it a try. Of course, you need to know R. And both Modern Data Science with R (MDSR) and R for Data Science (R4DS) may help you find your way.

  By Jordi Prats

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