Python Web Scraping: WordPress Visitor Statistics

I’ve had this WordPress domain for several years now, and in the beginning it was very convenient. WordPress enabled me to set up a fully functional blog in a matter of hours. Everything from HTML markup, external content embedding, databases, and simple analytics was already conveniently set up. However, after a while, I wanted to…

Python Web Scraping: Quotes from Goodreads.com

Over the course of last week, I built a Python program that scrapes quotes from Goodreads.com in a tidy format. For instance, these are the first three results my program returns when scraping for the tag robot: Quote author source likes tags Goodbye, Hari, my love. Remember always–all you did for me. Isaac Asimov Forward…

Getting started with Python in Visual Studio Code

After several years of proscrastinating, the inevitable finally happened: Three months ago, I committed to learning Python! I must say that getting started was not easy. One afternoon three months ago, I sat down, motivated to get started. Obviously, the first step was to download and install Python as well as something to write actual…

Tidy Machine Learning with R’s purrr and tidyr

Jared Wilber posted this great walkthrough where he codes a simple R data pipeline using purrr and tidyr to train a large variety of models and methods on the same base data, all in a non-repetitive, reproducible, clean, and thus tidy fashion. Really impressive workflow!

Survival of the Best Fit: A webgame on AI in recruitment

Survival of the Best Fit is a webgame that simulates what happens when companies automate their recruitment and selection processes. You – playing as the CEO of a starting tech company – are asked to select your favorite candidates from a line-up, based on their resumés. As your simulated company grows, the time pressure increases,…

Screeps: An AI colony simulation game for programmers

A while back I discovered this free game called Screeps: an RTS colony-simulation game specifically directed AI programmers. I was immediately intrigued by the concept, but it took me a while to find the time and courage to play. When I finally got to playing though, I lost myself in the game for several days…

Regular Expression Crosswords

A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular expressions as wildcards on steroids. You are probably familiar with wildcard notations such as *.txt to find all text files in a file manager. The regex equivalent is .*\.txt$. Last week I posted…

Regular Expressions in R – Part 1: Introduction and base R functions

The following is the first part of my introduction to regular expression (regex), in general, and the use of regex in R, in specific. It is loosely inspired on the swirl() tutorial by Jon Calder. I created it in R Markdown and uploaded it to RPubs, for an easier read. Regular expression A regular expression, regex or regexp…

Writing your thesis with R Markdown

Originally posted on Rosanna's Research:
Looking to use R Markdown to create your thesis? You have come to the right place. R Markdown is a great tool for integrating data analysis and report writing, but it can be a bit daunting to get started. I wrote my thesis with R Markdown last year, and…