Dec 16, 2017
How to make a scavenger hunt gift
Personalized scavenger hunts are fun, they make good gifts, and they can actually be made pretty quickly. Here's some advice on how to make one, as well as a full example.
Sep 9, 2017
Retirement calculator: Interactive visualization using Bokeh
After debating with a friend about how much/little we need to save in order to retire comfortably, I made an interactive visualization that shows how much money you will earn off interest as a function of your savings over time.
Apr 2, 2017
Delays of US domestic flights: trends and predictability
Using data collected by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, we analyzed the relationships between basic properties of a flight (e.g. time of day, airline) and how much they were delayed. We also trained a classifier to predict if a flight would be delayed.
Jan 5, 2017
Brain Oscillations and the importance of waveform shape
We believe that the waveform shape of brain rhythms should be analyzed to extract more biological information from neural recordings.
Jan 3, 2017
Free supercomputing for research: A tutorial on using Python on the Open Science Grid
The Open Science Grid is a free supercomputing resource for academics. This step-by-step tutorial will allow any researcher to begin running their Python-based analysis using high-throughput computing for free.
Dec 12, 2016
Poster popularity at SfN 2016: Comparing across states and countries
I analyzed the geographic distribution of poster viewership for posters presented at the SfN 2016 annual meeting. Posters from some states (Minnesota) and countries (Netherlands) are more popular than others. But not significantly.
Nov 27, 2016
Poster popularity at SfN 2016: Cognition and systems are hot. Development is not.
At the annual neuroscience conference, I collected data to quantify the popularity of thousands of presented posters. As a first analysis, I related poster popularities to 8 of the major themes in neuroscience.
Aug 31, 2016
Lucha Libre Taco Shop: Official burrito review
Twenty-eight people applied burritology to asses their experiences eating burritos at the famous Lucha Libre Taco Shop in San Diego.
Aug 20, 2016
Olympics 2016: Normalizing results by sport
The United States is dominating in the Olympic medal count, but maybe that's because of the disproportionate number of medals in swimming. What would the results look like if the number of medals was even for all sports?
Aug 17, 2016
Which country is winning the 2016 Olympic games?: A Tableau Visualization
Interactive visualization to set weights to each medal category to visualize performance across the globe. Playing around with data visualization in Tableau Public using the Rio Summer 2016 Olympic medals dataset.
Jul 29, 2016
Extracting time series data from a published figure
Rather than extreme zooming on small figure panels, using simple image processing, we can extract an estimate of signals plotted in papers.
May 22, 2016
100 Burritos in San Diego: 10-dimensional rating system
A group of San Diegans quantified over 100 burrito experiences by decomposing their meal into 10 dimensions. This post describes the data and has some preliminary analysis.
Mar 6, 2016
Phase-amplitude coupling: hidden in noise
Phase-amplitude coupling is a common analysis on neural oscillations. But in order to obtain meaningful results, we need to first preprocess the signal.
Jan 18, 2016
Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) tutorial
Rhythmic signal analysis can be improved with a transform our of the time domain. While Fourier techniques are traditionally applied, EMD offers an alternative approach to frequency analysis.
Dec 2, 2015
Our forgotten memories are still in our heads
My take on a recent neuroscience study in which researchers could stimulate the brain to evoke a forgotten memory
Sep 7, 2015
Is an undergraduate 4.0 GPA worth the effort?
A different perspective on how much having a perfect undergrad GPA really matters.
Aug 30, 2015
Searching for San Diego's finest burrito
My first attempt at reviewing carne asada burritos across the city.
Jun 23, 2015
Formal proof that Farey Sequences yield Ford Circles
Inspired by a recent Numberphile episode, I explore why exactly Farey sequences will produce the Ford Circles fractal.
Jun 14, 2015
Game theory to guess closest random number
A search for the optimal strategy to win in a competitive number guessing game
May 25, 2015
Median estimation is superior to random number generation in guessing game
A response to a recent Numberphile video which proposed a strategy for guessing random numbers. This new strategy is optimal.
May 1, 2015
Memory replay probably isn't the answer to explaining memory consolidation
My naive thoughts on the popular phenomena in neuroscience, memory replay