Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, and regardless of where in the world you live, you likely have felt the impacts of political divisiveness, especially over the last several years. As the stressors being placed on the world increase, so too do the tensions democracies across the world are feeling. Add to this the echo chambers created by social media, and it becomes easy to forget or lose sight of one another’s point of view.

Two- and three-party systems — the modus operandi of many democracies — aren’t serving the citizenry. We are forced to build…


Final Fantasy VI Character Concept Art, by Yoshitaka Amano. From left to right; Top: Locke, Relm, Gogo, Cyan, Strago; Middle: Mog, Setzer, Umaro, Terra, Shadow; Bottom: Edgar, Kefka, Celes, Sabin, Gau

Final Fantasy VI was the video game that made me fall in love with video games. The 1994 Super Nintendo classic, developed and published by Squaresoft, had everything a fledgling gamer could want: a large cast of well-realized characters, a compelling blend of backstory and action, and an exhilarating narrative that felt so expansive that to this day I’m still shocked a completionist playthrough is “only” 40 hours.

I wasn’t the only one of my friends to play through the game. And, as 10-year-olds are apt to do, we often fought over silly details about the game that the advent…


It’s down to the Final 3 — So, who will snatch the crown?

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Note: Each week, as a means of practicing the skills I’m learning at the Flatiron School, I predict who will win RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars by using a model of my creation.

The time has nearly come for us to crown our queen. It’s hard to believe that seven weeks of competition have already flown by, and next week will see another queen inducted into the Drag Race Hall of Fame. …


After “Snatch Game of Love” — and substantial updates to the model — who is poised to take the crown?

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Note: Each week, as a means of practicing the skills I’m learning at the Flatiron School, I make a prediction for who will win RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars by using a model of my own creation.

Oh, what a difference a week makes. Not only in the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, but also for my predictive model to determine who has the best chance to snatch the crown. …


The competition may be half-over, but according to the (very rough) first draft of my model, it may be all sewn up.

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Note: This story was updated on 6/30 to add a methodology section to make clearer how each queen’s placement was determined. Each queen’s placement was also clarified accordingly.

As I mentioned in my last article, I have a not-so-secret love of all things RuPaul’s Drag Race. I love pouring over the data, memorizing the statistics the way my peers memorize baseball players’ RBIs and ERAs, and getting every opportunity possible to understand the art of drag more. So…


Using Data Science to Predict the Winner of the Popular VH1 Reality Competition

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I have a not-so-secret confession: I love RuPaul’s Drag Race. For the last 11 years, I have been a consummate consumer of the competition series. I have watched each of the 12 main-line series, as well as the four All Stars seasons, and the Thai, Chilean, and British spin-offs. I can quote random statistics the way many can about professional footballers, and — most importantly for this article — I usually have a fairly strong intuition as to who might win each season. …


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When I began debating going into data science earlier this year, I assumed that the internet would be awash with professionals who had paired the in-demand expertise with an equally-hot Lean Six Sigma (LSS) certification. After all, the role of Process Improvement Professionals (PIPs), those who practice LSS, is to find ways to minimize waste and maximize efficiency. Clearly, machine learning and data science is the most efficient way to process the large amounts of data PIPs require to perform their roles. …

Joe Sanders

A contemporary Renaissance Man with passions for change leadership, project management, business operations, employee experience & development and data science.

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