Top-19 articles of 2019

With only one day remaining in 2019, let’s review the year. 2019 was my third year of blogging and it went by even quicker than the previous two! Personally, it has been a busy year for me: I started a new job, increased my speaking and teaching activities, bought and moved to my new house,…

Identifying “Dirty” Twitter Bots with R and Python

Past week, I came across two programming initiatives to uncover Twitter bots and one attempt to identify fake Instagram accounts. Mike Kearney developed the R package botornot which applies machine learning to estimate the probability that a Twitter user is a bot. His default model is a gradient boosted model trained using both users-level (bio, location, number of…

One year of paulvanderlaken.com

One year ago, I registered the domain paulvanderlaken.com with three reasons in mind: (1) I wanted an online environment to store and showcase my pet projects, (2) to share and promote some of the great blogs and research others had been writing, and (3) to show others what I was doing on my path to…