I’ve always believed that bandwagoning, the alternative term used for herd behaviour, is not always a disdainful thing. After all, there is merit in drawing more people to a cause that has long been overlooked. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has clearly demonstrated this on the global scale with #BlackOutTuesday on Instagram and other social media platforms; a move meant to amplify Black voices for a day. The amassed popularity of Black Lives Matter was meant to show solidarity with the Black community and to decry a racist and unfair system.
From everyday users to celebrities, it was no…
I thought it would be good to make a post to signal the new direction that this account is going with. What was initially created for a module to log our individual learnings, I’ve decided to leverage on the account’s current state to keep any crumble of momentum it has going. I am not particularly sure yet of what themes this medium blog will be carrying, but with the current state of today’s world, I know for sure that I want to write about it.
Our seemingly despondent situation today has given me a lot of room to think and…
A quick throwback to our DMI class on the topic of luck, our prof mentioned three points to differentiate luck from skill:
1. The Paradox of Skill — As people become more skillful, luck becomes more important. Where people become better at an activity, the difference between the best and the average and the best and the worst becomes much narrower.
2. If we can repeat the activity and get the same positive outcome, then it’s a skill.
3. If we can lose on purpose, it’s a skill.
Have you ever walked into a restaurant or retail store and got asked to rate their service? Often, the question would be phrased as “How likely would you recommend us to a friend?”, followed by a scale of 0 to 10 for you to rank them on, with ten being “highly likely”. Whatever number you indicate gets processed to categorise you into one of three customer-types: Promoter, Passive (Customer), Detractor.
This is the Net Promoter Score, which is essentially a metric for measuring customer satisfaction based on how likely they are to recommend your business to family and friends.
When Theodore Vito and I were tasked to come up with a meaningful indicator that covered terrorism, the natural inclination for many would be to think of terrorist attacks such as the frequent shootings that have been covering the news as of recent. It is a fair intuitive thought to dive right into such examples of terrorism, especially given how the number of shooting incidents have increased and are generally very visible and conceivable by the public.
However, instead of choosing to go with the easiest route, Theo and I decided to touch on something more sinister that more often…
The Semakau Landfill — Singapore’s ‘clean’ dumping site — first started operations in 1999. It was meant to slow down the rate of wastage that the country is generating. This was coupled with many initiatives rolled out over the years in Singapore to improve citizens’ consumption and recycling habits from a more bottom-up approach.
A source provided by data.gov.sg shows the raw amount (in million tons) that Singapore has generated waste and recycled.
I made a post that looks at Singapore’s recycling trends using a graph I did up via Python:
With patience and grit to make sense of the language, it feels encouraging to be able to churn out something so simple-looking using Python —never mind the fact that this could have also been easily replicated on Tableau or Excel.
To get started, I made use of a simple and small dataset that I could work with. I added extra columns to input more meaningful indicators out of the raw data provided: ratio and difference.
In order to read the file, my…
The past six weeks (sans recess week) has me mulling over what makes an indicator or data visualization a good one? Better yet, what makes one meaningful? This has been the reason why it has taken me too long to make this mid-point reflection post.
Upon conversing with a couple of my peers from the same class about what makes an indicator meaningful to each one of us, I narrowed down the three main points that were often brought up:
Coming from a diverse class of varying skillsets and knowledge base, it is very easy to turn to niche content…
This question was initially inspired from a childish curiosity I had: which food was better? East-side or West-side food?
No doubt variety, subjectivity, and convenience (on top of many other factors) come into play when determining the best spots to eat in Singapore.
The question is so broad and I knew I had to start with whatever data I could get. So after a search on the internet, I found an openly available list of NEA-licensed eating establishments with grades, demerit points, and suspension history. …
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