NBC’s The Wall – Markov Simulation

NBC’s game show The Wall debuted at the New Year and is effectively a mix of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Plinko rolled into one. With its high suspense and random action, it’s been a relative hit for NBA, garnering a 1.5/5 to 1.6/6 rating/share in the Nielsen polls. Note: For those who are unfamiliar…

Analysis of Fatal Police Shootings

On August 29, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year old black male, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a 28-year old white male police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri, after an altercation stemming from a pedestrian stop relative to a recent robbery in the vicinity. The shooting, mixed with contradictory testimony from several onlookers, ignited civil unrest with focus…

Confusion Matrices: Building a Diversity Index

Back in 2013, Wired put forth an article detailing an effort by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center about mapping a point distribution of races in the United States. The map is constructed from the 2010 United States Census and places a color coded dot for each of the geolocated (by address) 308,745,528 persons…