Blog Posts


Baby Naming Algorithm (Python)

Published Oct 27, 2019 by Alik Ulmasov

To help name my coworkers babies, I wrote this script. It works as follows: Popularity: This is done via a beta distribution. An alpha parameter...


Markdown Calendar

Published Jun 9, 2019 by Alik Ulmasov

Are you somebody who likes the latest and greatest apps for productivity? Perhaps this is not for you. I didn’t really like the calendar apps...

#geography #python

Making Maps in 'Time-Space' with Python

Published Dec 2, 2018 by Alik Ulmasov

You can find the code for this on my Github. I walk through it there. How can we make maps by travel-time, rather than distance?...


University Challenge Question Database

Published Oct 28, 2017 by Alik Ulmasov

I’m a big fan of the BBC show University Challenge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have much of an online fanbase. For example, the subreddit...


Yahoo Fantasy Baseball API with R

Published Jun 3, 2017 by Alik Ulmasov

Connecting to the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball API is tricky business. If you’ve found this post, you may have also found this post by Ryan Kuhn,...

#geography #R

I made a GIF with ggplot2 and rworldmap

Published Apr 15, 2017 by Alik Ulmasov

In my last post, I mentioned that I was interested in exploring the mapping capabilities of ggplot2. Well, shortly after I wrote that, I was...


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