Category Archives: Data

Big Data, Little Brain

I really wish my brain could wrap around this idea of Big Data and how exactly to use it. I really do see the importance of it all. Over the next few years I will make it a goal of mine. In the meantime, I can just pretend that I understand it and sound smart to my friends.

I’m still extremely interested in this whole Wikipedia Philosophy thing. After looking more at Wikipedia’s API– the more I understand the importance of APIs as a whole as well as the wealth of information that Wikipedia is.

I decided to make a little mock up of what a possible data visualization of the links to “Philosophy” would be:



Would be pretty cool….

In 2 years time, I hope to be able to make the real deal. High hopes! High rewards! Yeeehaw!


We Feel…Fine?

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How are you feeling?

Fine is a four-lettered placeholder.

This grabs feelings from the We Feel Fine API. We Feel Fine’s system searches blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling.” The latest feeling (sentence) displays in the console and in the sketch – it refreshes every 20 seconds. Usually, it takes up to 40 seconds for a new feeling to surface.

Things to fix:

– Somehow ignore the <feelings></feelings> part of the String, so that only the sentence shows up

– Fit the whole sentence inside of a text box (attempted, but did not work).

Things to add:

– Color change every time the feeling ascribed to the sentence changes. Something that correlates with Goethe’s ideas about psychology in relation to color & emotion.



Ieva and Emily: Cat Detectives (in training)


Holycrapbooks, Batman!

This week we had to use data. Most of my code is lifted from the example provided in class. I changed it around and tried to make it a bit creepier/more interesting.


I compared Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Both books are cited for inspiring violent behavior and murder in certain individuals (Timothy McVeigh and Mark David Chapman, respectively).  I wanted to compare the words both authors use most often to see if there are any similarities.

I had some trouble removing certain words, so  the way it is in the code is a little slap/dash, because I got overwhelmed with doing something more intricate. I’d like to remove some more of the small words, maybe by taking out every 3-letter word and below.


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For this week’s assignment, I tried to find a fun data set.. I ended up finding some random set a professor took of the color distribution in packs of M&Ms. I am trying to use the average number as the radius of a circle in the window to visualize the data, but right now I’m running into a null pointer exception that I’m trying to fix.



For my data assignment, I’ve decided to create a madlibs game. PS. You can’t use the “backspace”, so be sure to check your spelling!


Here’s the link to download:


Fuel of the Week

I used data from my Nike FuelBand for this weeks project. “Fuel” is a proprietary unit that measures estimated activity over the course of the day. While “3206 Fuel” is meaningless on its own, this unit is an excellent relative measure of activity.

Fuel of the Week collects Fuel data from a .csv file, groups Fuel earned from every day of the week, and performs some math operations to create what we see below:


Monday = m, Tuesday = t, Wednesday = w, Thursday = h, Friday = f, Saturday = s, Sunday = u.

Pressing a corresponding key will activate that day of the week. The size AND color of the column correspond to what proportion of weekly activity is attributed to that day (on average). Red = LOW, Green = HIGH. It will also show sample Fuel units from a day on that day of the week.

TIL it’s a good rule of thumb to conceptualize the final product before jumping into the code. This code can probably be made more succinct through use of a couple if statements and for loops.

Download the application here. Here is the code: