Do look away for insights
A small study on the usefulness of breaking a smooth fitted curve plus an interesting side discovery.
Unmixing Bob Ross
Lightweight exploration of Bob Ross paint colors for a data visualization challenge, including my own happy accident.
Exploring Radio Paradise playlist data
I finally have an application for all the Radio Paradise playlist data I’ve been collecting for year: detecting their 2022 format refresh.
Disaggregating Google Trends data
Going from monthly to daily trends data to question the claim of a “move to Canada” spike after the 2020 Biden election.
Climate assessment color gradients
How many ways can you draw a color gradient chart legend? I found plenty in the National Climate Assessment reports.
A brief review of dot plot jitter methods and a study of one example from a Nature article.
Scented candle reviews
I collected new data to take a closer look at the scented-candle/Covid19 relationship and found a new connection not related to smell.
Quordle/Octordle starting triplets
Four ways to evaluate starting Quordle word triplets using partition counting and simulation.
All but significant trends
Fitted lines are useful as first order approximations, but it’s often useful to look a little deeper. In the process of exploring a paper’s time trends, I found an unexpected data processing issue.
Warming stripes by latitude
Trying to adapt the warming stripes graphic with latitude bands, with a detour to import NetCDF data on an equally-spaced global grid.