Category: Analysis

  • Fermata and Staccato: Does Music Predict the Stock Market?

    Spotify Wrapped is making the rounds at the end of this very *insert preferred adjective here* year. Everyone shares their top artists and songs of the year, and we rejoice in the gift that music gives us. But, can music actually be a predictor of our moods? And if it can predict our moods, does […]

  • Midwest Arbitrage: Capturing One of America’s Most Undervalued Assets

    This week, I partnered with a fellow Midwesterner (though a bit more Midwest than I am) and startup operator Lea Boreland to take a quantitative look at innovation and the Midwest. This was a really fun piece to work on. I grew up in Kentucky, but now live in Los Angeles. I miss Kentucky deeply – and […]

  • A Visualization: Correlation vs Causation

    There are a lot of charts floating around, discussing how x is related to y because they are “highly correlated”. Our brains tend to make nonsensical connections to try and explain the world to us. We draw two lines and claim a relationship, thinking that we have effectively answered the question in the process. Not […]

  • The Nugget Numbers: How Much Chicken is in a Chicken Nugget?

    A lighter piece for a long day. A Nugget Analysis According to Epictetus, the right way to eat is the same as the way to live: “just, cheerful, equable, temperate, and orderly.” More precisely: So when I came across a chicken nugget dataset on Kaggle, I was fascinated. This person had weighed their individual nuggets […]

  • TikTok and Content Strategy: The Power of Creation

    What creates a TikTok star? What’s the relationship between content and fame? What’s the secret?

  • Natural Language Processing and Naval: The Art of the Podcast

    Podcasts are a harmonic creation. They are fascinating tools, connecting us to the speakers in a very personal way, almost like we are a part of the conversation too. I laugh out loud at some things, or nod along, reacting emphatically, despite being in a different time and place than both the interviewer and interviewee. […]

  • The Paradox of Societal Polarization: We are all Hedgefoxes

    “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” — Archilochus We are so quick to organize ourselves into different categories. Politics. Religion. Sports teams. Keto vs paleo vs aerivore. We like labels. It’s an iteration of community building, which is a key part of the human psyche. We are social creatures, and […]

  • my writing frequency and the overwhelming idea

    A brief update: You might notice me publishing a bit more frequently over the next few weeks (hopefully). I found myself in a bit of analysis paralysis. I usually write long-form pieces, which require a decent amount of research and thought.

  • The Economic Impact of Bees and the Role of Deceit

    Bees and Humans. “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E.O. Wilson Pollinators are responsible for every 1 in 3 bites of food. They increase the output of […]

  • Dating Data: An Overview of the Algorithm

    Love in the time of COVID is a… challenge, to say the least. I’ve downloaded and deleted Hinge every few months since December 2019, and decided to run the data on my most recent download to see how things were going. I did not go on any dates with anyone new due to the pandemic, […]