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Suppose we want to find out how discourse in The New York Times has evolved over a period of time. These days it would be neat to analyze this, since whenever we visit the front page we get firehosed with news about the coronavirus. …


When you Google how to do this, all these companies pop up, offering to do this for you if you pay them a small fee. But Twitter gives you all the tools you need to do it yourself—for free. …


Source: Fuckology

A few days after the WHO formally declared the COVID-19 pandemic in March, some friends and I began collecting memes about it in a public Facebook album.

Initially, I shared the memes just for laughs—like, look at this absurd, unprecedented situation we’ve ended up in, we’re being told to stay…


Yesterday Netflix released Deaf U, which is not your average reality TV show. Immediately, you get dropped into rich and vibrant Deaf culture, where hands fly with sign language, and a controversial social hierarchy exists based on one’s degree of cultural Deafness.

But like almost every other reality TV show…


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In this post, we write Python code to generate fake news headlines, using a Markov chain model trained on a corpus of real headlines from The New York Times over the past year.

Some of these fake headlines:

I Used to Hold Hands?

‘We’re Going Down, Down, Down’

We All…


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Since its inception in 1991, arXiv, the main database for scientific preprints, has received almost 1.3 million submissions. All of this data can be useful in analysis, so we may want to be able to access the full-texts in bulk. …


Are you interested in using the popular Python library Matplotlib to analyze text messages or any other conversational medium that includes emojis? You may have noticed some difficulties in visualizing those emojis.

This post investigates why Matplotlib cannot plot emojis from the Apple Color Emoji font, and how we can…

Brienna Herold

Data analyst. I write about my fun projects, in addition to how-to guides that help you get data for your own fun projects!

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