The meaning and purpose of ‘Data in All Things’

I started this blog because I wanted to write about several of my interests (history, quantitative analysis, policy, behavioral economics) and how they all interact together.

While the topics of the posts may seem random and different, they all have a logical connection: data. This is more obvious in the data science posts, but might not be as evident in posts about art and history. Nevertheless, my love for data stems from the fact that it has the ability make connections in any and all fields.

Growing up, when I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was always naturally drawn to the historical concept of a Renaissance man: someone who was not only strong and knowledgeable in multiple practices, but also able to draw connections that lead to new and unique insights. My favorite historical figures exemplified this practice: Benjamin Franklin, Galileo Galilei, and of course, Leonardo da Vinci. By applying their interdisciplinary knowledge to the world’s problems, these men were able to have a profound impact and invent creative solutions.

In this day and age, data science has that same interdisciplinary power. I hope that the analysis in this blog will not only teach me a lot along the way, but will also serve you by learning to view everything in a new context.


Leonardo da Vinci’s concept for a helicopter: a classic example of the intersection between art and engineering

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