Maps of various name suffix densities in USA and Slovenia

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This post and maps were inspired by Moritz Stefaner’s -ach, -ingen, -zell. I firmly believe in giving credits to whom they are due, so there it is. That said, I embarked into a similar adventure, first for Slovenia. Etimology of Slovenian towns and other populated places may differ a little from German one, so I was naturally curious what it would be like on a map. I had several geo

Map of apartment building management companies in Ljubljana

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Some time ago, I did an analysis of building manager companies for dnevnik.si. It was an interesting project, because there’s much controversy surrounding this topic. Some of these companies have been in bitter disputes with the residents and competing companies over their business, generating a lot of newspaper coverage. We did a simple analysis to deterimine market shares and relative winners and losers in comparison to market leader. Here’s an

Could computers vote instead of parliamentary representatives?

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Haha, what a funny question. Of course they can’t. How can one teach a computer all the intricacies of lawmaking process, and trust it well enough to let it vote? This must surely be a recipe for disaster. Yet, as I realized in previous research, the parties mostly demand ruthless discipline from their parliamentary representatives at voting time, simply to be able to actually govern in Slovenian multiparty democracy, where

Grouping entries in Slovenian Wikipedia by contributors

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Some time ago, I helped Miha Mazzini extract some data from Slovenian Wikipedia. For that, I needed to write a comprehensive parser, extracting not only titles and text, but also number of overall and per-contributor revisions, along with contributor usernames. So, for each entry, I got a list of contributing accounts and number of edits that were performed by that account. I wondered: how are the areas of expertise distributed

Similarities between representatives in Slovenian parliament

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The title should actually be “An exploration of dimensionality reduction techniques on voting dataset from Slovenian parliament”. I’ve long been procrastinating with proper and comprehensive study of various machine learning techniques, especially those related to neural networks. I feel I made a few baby steps towards that goal with this research, which is actually a writeup of a project I made for a local newspaper in collaboration with excellent designer

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