Syuzhet Sentiment of Sacred Texts

These graphs show the “emotional valence” or sentiment over narrative time percent. That is, they chart the positive and negative valued sentences from beginning to end.  A positive valued sentence would be, “I feel good.” A negative one of equal value would be, “I feel bad.”  A neutral sentence would be, “I feel okay.”  If […]

Visualizing Vocalization with R

One day I decided that I wanted to have the ability to see a frequency x time “amplitude density” plot of sound – specifically dolphin and bird voices. So the first task was to locate some sounds!  Preferably these should be free from all other sounds, including those from the ambient environment – splashing, microphone […]

Inspecting American Inaugural Addresses with Perl and R

Given all the inaugural  addresses of American presidents, what are the readability stats?  What is the sentiment over time? UPDATE: Results charted for 2017 As usual I reach for perl to acquire and format the data for exploration with R.  The code below (and available on github) reads and analyzes a collection of text documents.  […]

Inspecting the English Premier League Player Stats with R

Being a soccer person and programmer, I wanted to inspect player statistics for myself.  I finally found this excellent site for many leagues and primarily with player stats:  So, seeing that there was no download link, I determined to tediously copy/paste all the records for each player, for defensive, offensive, passing and summary categories, […]

The Density Plot of the Prime Gaps is a Fractal

tl;dr: Inspect the last image below and check out gap-density.R. I just discovered something that made me smile: As I looked at the density plots of increasing numbers of prime gaps, a fractal emerged. Allow me to explain. First I get the prime gaps (basically, the distance between primes) with this perl code:

This […]

Alternatives to the Logistic Equation

tl;dr: bifurcation.R Yesterday, I decided to plot the bifurcation diagram of the logistic equation.  This is a famous plot from the 70s, that many geeks will be familiar with (left).  It shows that simple systems can switch into “chaos mode” and begin to bifurcate wildly. To produce the graph, we use code in the R […]

Musical Random Walks Over Weighted Graphs

tl;dr: In this post, I illustrate a simple technique in Perl 5 to perform random walks over (node-edge) graphs, adding the named, “semantic” vertices to a MIDI score. The image on the left is not generated by the random-walk program, but is just a related illustration. :-) OK – on with the code! First, there […]

Plotting Successive Primes Modulo A Number

        tl;dr: File this under Recreational mathematics… I have this passionate curiosity for seeing the primes “folded in on themselves” – constrained to a phase space.  I also have a burning desire to visualize successive events.  I suppose that I am searching for “strange attractors”, as with the famous water drip […]

Visualize Move, Protection and Threat Status in Chess

tl;dr: When I was a kid, my younger brother became a chess master and would regularly thrash me in the game.  Invariably this seemed to be because I would do something dumb like leaving my queen threatened and unattended. As with many budding CS students, I devised my own chess playing program, but in […]

Visualizing Chatter on a Polar Plot

What does IRC chatter look like on a polar plot, with lines linking the conversations?