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How Many More Palindrome Dates Will You See?

I'm currently on paternity leave and in search of quick but interesting programming challenges to stay fresh. The latest Riddler …

Winning the World Chess Championship

This week's Riddler Express from FiveThirtyEight: The World Chess Championship is underway. It is a 12-game match between the world’s …

Cubs World Series Puzzles (For Fun)

This week's Riddler Express from FiveThirtyEight: The best team in baseball this year, the Chicago Cubs, have clinched their playoff …

A Modified Draft Pick Selection Order

In preparation for teaching a new computing course for the social sciences, I've been practicing building interactive websites using …

Can You Best The Mysterious Man In The Trench Coat?

The latest Riddler puzzle on FiveThirtyEight: A man in a trench coat approaches you and pulls an envelope from his pocket. He tells …

Can You Win This Hot New Game Show?

So the latest Riddler puzzle on FiveThirtyEight goes like this: Two players go on a hot new game show called “Higher Number Wins.” The …

Will Someone Be Sitting In Your Seat On The Plane?

This week's Riddler puzzle on FiveThirtyEight features the following questions: There’s an airplane with 100 seats, and there are 100 …

Do Cops Pull Over Fewer People in the Rain?

So I enjoy reading Deadspin on occasion, sometimes checking out Drew Magary's Funblog where he answers reader questions - usually few …

Valuing Timeouts in Football (Part II)

Last week I examined how one can use logistic regression to estimate the value of a timeout, with minimal success. I promised a better …

Valuing Timeouts in Football

On December 27, the Pittsburgh Steelers were down 13-3 against their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, after the first half. The Ravens …