Web Scraping

Is Free Pre-K in NYC Favoring the Rich?

Introduction A hallmark of mayoral administration of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio has been free pre-K for all New York families. When the program was initially rolled out there were complaints in some quarters that upper-income neighborhoods were getting more slots. This is an exploration comparing income to pre-K seats by neighborhoods. It was done mainly to help me practice with the whole workflow of data gathering, document parsing, and data tidying - plus making cool bi-variate choropleth maps!

New Winter Sports for New Countries

Looking at Winter Olympic Medal Rankings by Vintage of Sport Introduction Norway is a tiny country that punches way above its weight in the Winter Olympic medal count. We are not surprised as those folks are practically born on skis. At the same time, toussle-haired surfer dudes and dudettes from the US seem to be all over the hill when snowboards are involved. Notably, the sports where the US is most visible are sports which arose fairly recently.

Live Fast, Die Young, Stay Pretty?

Analyzing deaths of rock musicians Live fast, die young, stay pretty? That’s the stereotype for rockers, or it was. We only need to look at Keith Richards, over 70 and going strong, to find a major counterexample. Do rockers die young? What do they die of? How does that compare to the broader population (in the U.S., anyway). It turns out there are some suprising answers to those questions. Along the way we’ll learn something about web scraping, html parsing and some ggplot2 tricks.