Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Statistics vs. Computer Science: A Draw?

I’ve been thinking about what Big Data really is for quite a while now, and am always happy about voices that can shed some more light on this phenomenon – especially by contrasting to what we call statistics for centuries now. Recently I stumbled over two articles. The first is from Miko Matsumura, who claims “Data […]

Big Data Visualization

… would have been the better title for the book “Graphics of Large Datasets“. As the book was published a few years before the birth of the next buzz word promoted by McKinsey with the white paper “Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity“, we just did not know better. But to be […]

Big Data: Not without my Stats Textbook!

Google is certainly the world champion in collecting endless masses of data, be it search terms, web surfing preferences, e-mail communication, social media posts and links, … As a consequence, at Google they are not only masters of statistics (hey, my former boss at AT&T Labs who was heading statistics research went there!) but they also […]

Big Data: The Truth, Nothing But the Truth

With Big Data and the internet, we all feel like we can know and analyze everything. Certainly Google must feel that way, as they collect not only data, but also what we – the users – find interesting in that vast pile of information. As we should always keep in mind: Google is not charity […]

Why NIBALI has only a 50% chance to win the tour

Well, to be honest, I see a far higher chance for him to win the tour, but first let’s look at the data. Having collected 10 years of Tour de France data, it is time to look at structural features of a whole tour. With a sample size of 10 (yes, still far away from […]

Brazil vs. Germany

It is bold to post this after 30 mins in the game, but what can you say … (Just to make sure, this is just meant as an example for effective visualization 😉 )

Tour de France 2014

After the first 4 stages passed, I will start to log the results in the usual way as in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 now: Stage Results cumulative Time Ranks (click on the images to enlarge) – each line corresponds to a rider – smaller numbers are shorter times, i.e. better ranks – all […]

German Election: 5. The Mystery of the AfD

It is nothing new, to see the rise of some populist party right before an election, exploiting some anxiety in the population. With the AfD (Alternative for Germany) it is the easy to activate fear of economical decline, potentially caused by the economical solidarity within Europe. The set-up is simple, with an ever smiling economics […]

German Election: 4. How Swabia kills Party Leaders

Now its time to show some maps. I won’t go through the usual party maps, as you might have seen them over and over again in TV, newspapers and the web (in fact it is impressing, what you get online by now!). Instead, I want to look the two losers of the election: FDP and […]

German Election 2013: 3. Structural Considerations

The german reunification is now on its way for almost a quarter of a century. One might think that by now, it might be hard to find the artificial division as a result from WWII, as structural features resulting from centuries of common history might be overruling what was a 40 year political intermezzo. Not […]

German Election 2013: 2. Long & short term prognosis

As long as the final results are not yet published by the “Bundeswahlleiter”, I was curious to see how accurate the institutes did forecast the election result. Obviously the last polls were quite a bit off from the final results, and even the initial projections from the first counted voting districts were not too accurate. […]

“Here’s to the crazy ones,…”

Today, Marcel Reich-Ranicki aged 93, died in Frankfurt, Germany. Having survived the Warsaw Ghetto and loosing all his family in German concentration camps, it was all but reasonable to stay in post war Germany and believe in the culture of the “nation of poets and philosophers”. He did, and he did not stop to tell us how […]