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I love Dungeons and Dragons. I am also a data-loving statistician. At some point, these worlds were bound to collide. For those unfamiliar with Dungeons and Dragons (DnD), it is a role-playing game that is backed by an extraodinary amount of data. The overall gist is that players create characters that band together with other characters to travel the world and adventure. Essentially, it’s collective storytelling aided by dice as vehicles of chance and uncertainty.

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I just finished reading The Book of Why by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie, and I really enjoyed it. I had been wanting to read it for some time now because I know very little about methodology relating to causal diagrams and structure learning. The book provides an overview of the main ideas that formed and historical events that led up to what Pearl calls the “Causal Revolution”, a burgeoning of the direct interrogation of causation as opposed to its implicit renouncement in science for a period before then.

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I recently migrated my personal website and Wordpress blog to blogdown. As an academic, it was natural to use the Academic theme. The blogdown package made the conversion fairly straighforward, but I still had to spend some time figuring out how to work with this Hugo theme. The source and rendered files for my website are available on GitHub: Public, rendered site: the public directory within my blogdown/Hugo project Hugo content and source files: all files and directories within my blogdown/Hugo project (i.

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Teaching

I will be teaching the following courses at Macalester for the 2018-9 academic year.

  • MATH155: Introduction to Statistical Modeling (Fall)
  • MATH253: Machine Learning (Spring)

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Fun

I am an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and game enthusiast, and I love finding ways to bring coding and analysis into these beloved hobbies of mine. As a result, I have a few side projects devoted entirely to fun!

  • Map Annotator: A Shiny app that I developed to create clickable annotated maps for helping game masters keep track of details in information-dense areas.
  • R + Magic the Gathering: (Slides) A foray into the rvest package in R with an application for organizing information about Magic the Gathering decklists.

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