The term club 27 refers to the observed phenomenon that famous musicians die at a higher rate at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse to name just a few, are members of this questionable club. The media is going wild whenever a new famous person enters this mysterious club. But is there a (statistical) truth behind this? Do musicians really die at a higher rate at the age of 27?
Many people would agree that 2016 was a bad year. Especially the VIP death toll seems extraordinary high this year.
With the recent deaths of British singer George Michael and Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, the year even seems to go with a blast. With data on celebrity death tolls, I want to test if the death rate really was higher, or if we just perceived it as such.
The data for this posts comes from Wikipedia’s lists of deaths by year. The structure of the monthly lists are equal starting 2004, so that I wrote a simple scraping function in R with the
rvest package. The code is attached at the end of this post.
This Monday September 12th will be a historic day for German female tennis. Angelique Kerber will be the first German player since Steffi Graf in 1996 who is ranked number one in the WTA ranking.
Winning the Australian Open in the beginning of this year, reaching the final of Wimbledon and then winning the US Open, one could definitely say that she finally deserves it. I would even go a step further and say it is overdue for a few weeks! To “prove” this claim, I grabbed all WTA matches since 1968 (yeah, I know Angelique wasn’t even alive then) until 29 August 2016 from here and here and built my own women’s tennis ranking with the power of Google’s PageRank.
Pokémon Go has made the whole world gone wild on the hunt for those cute little creatures. After catching hundreds of Weedles, Rattatas and Pidgeys, I got a bit tired and thought it is time to do some Pokémon science.
Naturally, the whole Pokémon hype has already led to several interesting analyses with available data mainly from the awesome PokeAPI. For instance, this blog post about a cluster analysis of the original 151 Pokémon or this extended analysis of all 721 available Pokémon.
Since clustering is boring, I will do something more exciting and try to rank Pokemon according to their strength with a little bit of help from my own research.
This post is inspired by the star wars social network.
I created the interaction networks of Lord of the Rings characters for all three movies based on the scripts I found online. The networks capture the story line of all movies surprisingly well and might be a nice gimmick for all Lord of the Rings enthusiasts. Code and network files can be found on github.
I also created interactive versions of the networks where you can drag, click and hover and generally play around a bit. The links to the those versions are below the respective plots.
For those who are interested in technical details of the data extraction and analysis, head down to the Making of section. But let’s start with some visualizations of the networks for the three movies.