24
Oct

The Rise of the Samurai Pitcher

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Since the early 90s, Japanese pitchers have been infiltrating Major League Baseball. Starting with Hideo Nomo through Masahiro Tanaka (NY Yankees), they've made their mark. For better or worse, they are here to stay.

What's behind this trend? How did it get started?

And just who *are* these guys anyway?

Read all about it here.

2
Jun

Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup

England - the country that invented association football (soccer). Steeped in pride and history, the English national team has struggled at the World Cup.

Some blame the Premier League.

Some blame the players.

Some blame English culture.

The topic is hot and the 2014 World cup is upon us. Sports fans in England are frustrated and anxious. Is England up for the challenge this year? Check out the article here.

2
Feb

Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: How the NFL evolved from run, run, run to pass, pass, pass.

It's Super Bowl Sunday and I can't think of a better date to share my latest article published on January 31, 2014 on Statistics Views titled "Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The Evolution of Passing in the NFL". Did you know that passing wasn't even legal in football until 1906? Did you further know that it was first put in as a way to reduce the number of deaths occurring in the game?

Once passing was introduced, it was only a matter of time before coaches created new ways to utilize this powerful attack. Over the years, it has transformed the offensive game from a running attack to a passing attack, elevating the quarterback as master and commander of the football field. Check out the story here.

19
Dec

Graphs and Journalism

It's a pet peeve of mine when I see news articles out there which reference data without graphing it. In other words, show me a picture when you mention a bunch of numbers. Otherwise, I have to try and comb through the article without any visual aids to help my understanding of it. It's my hope that larger news sites will begin to hire data visualization folks to provide a graphical view of these types of articles.

Here is one such article about childhood abdominal pains and adulthood depression that, while well-written, could have used a graph to allow for (much) faster comprehension for the readers (me). Having said that, I created a graph and posted it at Graph of the Week to illustrate how it might have looked. Have a peek.

11
Nov

Graph of the Week - Blog

The data visualization industry - like regular journalism - is rife with opinions, errors, logical fallacies, sensationalism and every other news-related aspect you can imagine. Just because there is a graph to go along with an article doesn't mean that the article has any more credibility than it had before. That being said, there are also amazing stories with rich, intuitive graphics that showcase good data visualization practices.

Therefore, I've created a Blog section within Graph of the Week which will contain my take on any topic related to the data visualization/infographic industry. Additionally, I'll throw in some techniques to shed a little light on how these types of articles are produced (including mine).

It's going to be an eye-opening, sometimes bumpy ride. Hop aboard!

5
Nov

The British are Coming!

Last month I wrote an article for Statistics Views about Triple Crown horse racing - specifically, English Triple Crown racing. Did you know there was such a thing? As it turns out, it's quite popular and has been around for a LOT longer than American horse racing. It dates back to the 1700s whereas American horse racing, at least in Triple Crown format, didn't exist until the 20th century.

That being said, check out the article - it reveals a possible explanation why the British winners are increasing in speed while the reverse is true for the American winners. Hint: synthetic surfaces. There is even some discussion about doping in there and how that's handled in each country (it's vastly different).

Like most of the graphs I create, they are originally generated in 'R' and then (sometimes greatly) enhanced using Illustrator. Enjoy!

3
Jul

David vs Goliath in a game of tennis.

Does David stand a chance? Tennis players are getting taller - much taller. How do the shorter players measure up? Click here to find out.

27
Mar

Statistics Views

I've been hired to write some sports articles for a magazine based out of England entitled "Statistics Views." Look for the first one (about Tennis) in June!

7
Sep

Artificial Intelligence - the Singularity

I've taken on a new contracting assignment with the Singularity Institute as a remote researcher and forecaster. The research being done there revolves around Artificial Intelligence,  risk prevention and other AI issues. If you haven't taken a peek, be sure to visit their website and give it a once-over - you'll be amazed at the knowledge contained therein.

Exciting stuff!

16
Jul

Runner-Up in Significance Magazine's "Young Statistician's Competition"

Some months ago, a colleague of mine suggested that I enter a competition sponsored by Significance Magazine. It seemed like a great idea as I've always enjoyed these types of articles as seen in Graph of the Week. This morning I learned that myself and four other entrants were selected as runner-ups; our articles will appear in the magazine in the upcoming months.

That's all of the detail provided currently. More to follow as it becomes available.

Many thanks to those who assisted in the proof-reading of the article!

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