Data Science in Python: Olympic Gold

The first assignment for the University of Michigan course ‘Introduction to Data Science in Python’ on Coursera requires some basic data cleaning, and analysis using Pandas. Continue reading Data Science in Python: Olympic Gold

Charting in Python: Weather Data

This post explores weather data – more specifically, daily maximum and minimum temperatures – for the Netherlands between 2005 and 2015, as part of Assignment II in the Coursera course ‘Applied Plotting, Charting & Data Representation in Python’ by the University of Michigan. Continue reading Charting in Python: Weather Data

Policy and Party Coalitions in American Government

The nature of each party’s coalition explains each party’s lawmakers’ positions on policy issues, through lawmakers’ need for voter support (party alignment) and financial donations. Therefore, they are likely to vote on policy issues in such a way that benefits from that policy are concentrated among their constituents and benefactors and costs are dispersed among a broad base. Continue reading Policy and Party Coalitions in American Government

A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

In this essay I compare the use of memory and history in works by Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf, mainly focusing on Le Spleen de Paris and To The Lighthouse. I argue that they use these concepts in different manners, namely Baudelaire reflects on his observations in ‘the now’, while Woolf reflects on the events that shaped us and our continuous journey of reconciling the past with the now. Continue reading A History of the Now: Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

Death and mourning in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In this essay I compare death and mourning in act one of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – the death of King and the appearance of his ghost, with those in 4.7 (Ophelia’s death), and 5.1 (Churchyard scene). Continue reading Death and mourning in Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Political parties and interest groups’ influence on government policy

Political parties and political interest groups are both intermediaries through which people can make their views known to government and through which they can try to influence public policy. Continue reading Political parties and interest groups’ influence on government policy