New Domain, New Design, New Direction

If you are regularly reading this blog, you might have noticed a few things. First, I migrated the blog from blogger to my own domain and I am now using wordpress. I also changed the design a bit (might still be changed a bit in the future).

Again if you regularly read this blog you might have noticed that my plots are all rather inconsistent when it comes to formatting. I am working on a generic style I want to use from now on, which is hopefully a bit distinctive for my blog. I also would like to add more tutorial-like entries, such that you can redo the analysis yourself. I will also start uploading my code to github. This should be seen as a try to become a little more “professional”, yet still be easy to digest.

The next (mildly) exciting posts are currently being written and I hope you stay tuned and keep reading my blog.

Analyzing National Geographic Covers

Purely by chance and random surfing, I ended up
here, staring at old covers from National Geographic. I was wondering if it is possible to analyze the evolution of the covers in some mildly scientific way. If you accept the fact that pictures are nothing else than three dimensional matrices , you can do quite a lot of things with them.  The figure below for example is created by averaging all RGB values for each pixel of the 1263 available covers.

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Six Degrees of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ibracadabra, the self proclaimed god. Or simply Zlatan.  An incredible football player, well known for his shenanigans outside of the football ground. The Internet has created quite a cult around Zlatan and I thought to contribute by conducting the “Six degrees of Zlatan” experiment.

The study is based on the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon which itself is kind of an adoption of the Erdős number in math. Readers familiar with the concepts can skip the following paragraph and go directly to the calculation of the Zlatan number.

 

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Breaking (the) News: Liking and Sharing Behaviour on Facebook Pages of German Newspapers

This just in!

Thanks to the Internet, newspaper are critically endangered. That’s why many publisher more and more rely  on a solid Internet presence. In times of social networks, all major newspapers additionally have their own Facebook fanpage to advertise their newspaper and/or inform the people directly via status posts. These status posts are what we will analyze in today’s blog entry.
Our goal is to examine how certain news sources are perceived by Facebook users and how they interact with the Facebook pages.

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