Statistics, or Stories?

Politicians make me queasy. So do self-help books, Twitter wars, linguistics professors, even TED talks. It’s not that they lack value—Twitter excepted, of course—it’s that they rely too heavily on examples and stories to persuade. Why? It’s effective. As Chip and Dan Heath put it in Made to Stick (one of those self-help books), anecdotes—simple,Continue reading “Statistics, or Stories?”

Deconstructing Humor using Text Mining on /r/Jokes

I recently turned in a project for an elective class I’m taking on humor where I analyzed a bunch of jokes posted to the /r/Jokes subreddit. I thought that some of the results were applicable to this blog, so I’ll summarize the interesting ones here: 1) Donald Trump jokes are funnier than average Jokes thatContinue reading “Deconstructing Humor using Text Mining on /r/Jokes”