Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Honey, money, weather, terror

In my Data Science class this semester, students are working on a series of reports where they explore a freely-available dataset, use data to answer questions, and present their findings.  After each batch of reports, I will publish the abstracts here; you can follow the links below to see what they found.

The Impact of Military Status on Income Bracket

Joey Maalouf

Using the National Health Interview Survey data, I was able to look for a potential link between military status and financial status. More specifically, I wanted to check if whether someone served in the United States military affects their current income bracket. It was apparent that people who served in the military were underrepresented in low income brackets and overrepresented in high income brackets compared to the rest of the population. This difference appears more clearly if we group the income data into even broader brackets for further analysis; being in the military increased one's chances of being in the upper half of respondents by 16.06 percentage points, and of being in the upper third by 14.64 percentage points. Further statistical analysis reported a Cohen effect size of 0.32, which is above the standard threshold to be considered more than a small effect.

Getting Treatment

Kaitlyn Keil

In the so-called "War on Drugs", one of the primary tactics is teaching children to "Just Say No!" However, less attention is paid to treatment for those who are already addicted. Except for the occasional comment on how a celebrity disappeared off to rehab, there is a silence in our culture about the apparently shameful act of getting treatment. This silence made me begin to wonder: how many people who struggle with addictions actually get treated, and how long does it take before they receive this help? Using the National Survey on Drug Use and Health data from 2014, I found that very few people who use drugs report getting treatment or counseling, and the length of time they go without getting treatment isn't particularly correlated with other factors.

What's the Chance You will Die Due to Terrorism?

Kevin Zhang

With Trump's recent travel ban and the escalation of controversial actions against Middle Eastern people, there has been a rise of paranoia towards the Middle East region for fear of the possibility of a terrorist attack. But is there is a reason to be so afraid of the Middle East, or even terrorism in general? What is the chance that an American would be a victim to terrorism? This article looks into just how likely the average person in the US will be affected by a terrorist attack, should one happen. Results show that the chance of a person being affected by terrorism in the North American region is almost 0, especially when compared to the probability in the Middle East itself. The data suggests that people's fears are unfounded and that the controversial reactions towards Middle East citizens because of a 1 in 15 million chance are irrational.

Is There a Seasonality in the Response to Social Media Posts?

Sungwoo Park

Using a dataset containing over 4 million Facebook posts from 15 mainstream news outlets, I investigate the existence of seasonality in the number of likes a Facebook post from a news outlet gets. The dataset contains contents and attributes, such as number of likes and timestamp, of all facebook posts posted by the top media sources from 2012 to 2016. The media outlets included in the data are ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox & Friends, Fox, LA Times, NBC, NPR, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, and USA Today.

The Association Between Drug Usage and Depression

David Papp and Willem Thorbecke

The goal of this article is to explore the association between drug usage and depression. Intuitively, many would argue that those who use drugs are more likely to be depressed. To explore this relationship, we took data from the National Drug Usage and Health Survey from 2014. We conducted logistical regression on cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, and heroin while controlling for possible confounding variables such as sex, income, and health conditions. Surprisingly, there appears to be a negative correlation between drug usage and depression.

US Apiculture and Honey Production

Matthew Ruehle and Sean Carter

We examine the historic honey-producing bee colony counts, yield, and honey production of states as collected by the USDA, finding statistical evidence for regional "clustering" of production and a negative correlation between per-hive yield and overall price, most strongly reflected in states with the greatest absolute production

Most Terrorism is Local

Radmer van der Heyde

I explored the Global Terrorism Database to see how terror has evolved over time, and whether international terrorism has any defining features. Over time terrorism has increased and gotten deadlier, but shifted regions. However, international terrorism was too small a percentage of the dataset to reach an appropriate conclusion.

Does it get warmer before it rains?

Apurva Raman and William Lu

Speculating about the weather has been a staple of small talk and human curiosity for a long time, and as a result, many weather "myths" exist. One such myth we’ve heard is that it gets warmer before a precipitation event (e.g. rain, snow, hail, sleet, etc.) occurs. Using data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), we find that change in temperature is a poor indicator for whether or not there will be a precipitation event.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Money, Murder, the Midwest, and More

In my Data Science class this semester, students are working on a series of reports where they explore a freely-available dataset, use data to answer questions, and present their findings.  After each batch of reports, I will publish the abstracts here; you can follow the links below to see what they found.

How do Europeans feel about Jewish, Muslim, and Gypsy immigration?

Apurva Raman and Celina Bekins

As tensions over immigration increase with Europe dealing with a huge influx of refugees, some countries are more ready to accept immigrants while others close their borders to them. To understand the opinions of Europeans on immigration of particular groups, we investigated if respondents from different countries in Europe have consistent opinions toward Jews, Muslims, and Gypsies. We found that countries with a strong preference against Jews or Gypsies will also not prefer the other group. This does not hold true for Jews; countries that are willing to allow Jews are not necessarily willing to allow Muslims or Gypsies. Countries that are not accepting of Jews are not accepting of any of these three groups. However, they all preferred Jews to Muslims and Muslims to Gypsies.

Do Midwestern colleges have better ACT scores?

David Papp

It is often rumored that colleges in the Midwest prefer ACT scores while colleges in other regions prefer SAT Scores. The goal of this article is to explore the relationship between SAT and ACT scores in the Midwest and other regions. The data used was collected from the US Department of Education for the years 2014-15. Comparing just the means of ACT scores shows that the Midwest scores slightly higher on average: 23.48 vs 23.17. However, a better statistic might be to compare the ratio of ACT/SAT scores. The Midwest has a slightly higher ratio (0.969) than other regions (0.960). Although we cannot deduce any causation, we can draw inferences as to what causes these differences. One explanation might be the fact that students applying to Midwestern colleges spend more time studying for the ACT.

Rich or Poor: To Whom does it Matter More?

Kaitlyn Keil

With issues like a growing wage gap, racism, and feminism at the front of our nation's attention, it can seem that the wealthy only care about getting more wealth, while equality only matters to those who are disadvantaged. However, the results of the European Social Survey of 2014 suggests that those with money do not value wealth a significant amount more than those of lower income brackets, and equality is not only valued at the same level across income brackets, but is consistently rated as more important than wealth.

Do More Politically Informed People Identify as Liberal?

Kevin Zhang

In the political arena, liberals often call their conservative counterparts "ignorant" because they believe that the other party doesn't know the facts, that they just don't know what's going on in the world. This would suggest that being more informed on political news and current events would make one more liberal. But does it really matter though? Does being more informed about politics make a person more liberal? Does it matter at all on how people end up voting? This article will decide whether being an informed individual truly results in believing a more liberal platform, or whether this notion is just a mislead stereotype meant as a mudsling tactic. Data analytics show that apparently a person has a high chance of holding the same opinion regardless of whether they are informed individuals or not. However, it seems that rather than leaning towards liberals, being more informed has the potential to make people more polarized towards either side and have stronger opinions on various political topics in general. While being more informed might not lead an increase in liberal thoughts, it might very well make people better able to cast a more thoughtful and representative vote.

Money might buy you some happiness

Sungwoo Park

Does money buy you happiness? It's a decades old question that people have been wondering about. Data from the General Social Survey on the respondent's income and happiness level seem to suggest that people with high income tend to be happier than people with low income. Also, the data show that people with high income value the feeling of accomplishment and the importance of the job in their work more than people with low income do.

Higher paid NBA players are (probably) deserving

Willem Thorbecke

The motivating question was to find out whether or not there existed a connection between the salary of an NBA player and his performance in the league. Using the statistic Player Efficiency Rating (PER), an NBA statistic commonly used to measure a player's overall performance in the league, I compared player salaries and performances. With a correlation of 0.5 between salaries and PERs across the leauge, as well as a Spearman Correlation of 0.4, I came to the conclusion that there was a slight correlation between the two variables, and thus higher paid NBA players may be deserving of their paychecks.

Murder, Ink — A statistical analysis of tattoos in the Florida prison system

Joey Maalouf, Matthew Ruehle, Sean Carter

 We examine the claims made in an Economist article on prison tattoos. Examining a publicly-available inmate database, we found that there are several noticeable trends between tattoos and types of criminal conviction. Our results are not necessarily causative, and may reflect either societal biases or demographic trends. Nonetheless, the data demonstrates a strong correlation between different categories of "ink" and criminal classifications.

Are more selective or expensive colleges worth it?

William Lu

As costs to attend college increase, an increasing number of high school seniors are left wondering if they should or must select a more affordable college. Many Americans go to college not just to gain a higher education, but also to increase their earning potential later in life. Using US Department of Education College Scorecard data, I found that going to a more expensive college could potentially make you more money in the future, that more selective colleges don't necessarily cost more, and that more selective colleges don't necessarily make you more money in the future.

Are Diseases of the Heart Seasonal?

Radmer van der Heyde

In this report, I sought to answer the question: does heart disease have seasonality like that of Influenza? To answer this, I explored the CDC's Wonder database on the underlying causes of death on the monthly data for the state of California. Based on my results, the majority of heart diseases show some seasonality as the dominant frequency component is at the frequency corresponding to a period of 1 year.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A nice Bayes theorem problem: medical testing

On these previous post about my favorite Bayes theorem problems, I got the following comment from a reader named Riya:

I have a question. Exactly 1/5th of the people in a town have Beaver Fever . There are two tests for Beaver Fever, TEST1 and TEST2. When a person goes to a doctor to test for Beaver Fever, with probability 2/3 the doctor conducts TEST1 on him and with probability 1/3 the doctor conducts TEST2 on him. When TEST1 is done on a person, the outcome is as follows: If the person has the disease, the result is positive with probability 3/4. If the person does not have the disease, the result is positive with probability 1/4. When TEST2 is done on a person, the outcome is as follows: If the person has the disease, the result is positive with probability 1. If the person does not have the disease, the result is positive with probability 1/2. A person is picked uniformly at random from the town and is sent to a doctor to test for Beaver Fever. The result comes out positive. What is the probability that the person has the disease? 

I think this is an excellent question, so I am passing it along to the readers of this blog.  One suggestion: you might want to use my world famous Bayesian update worksheet.

Hint: This question is similar to one I wrote about last year.  In that article, I started with a problem that was underspecified; it took a while for me to realize that there were several ways to formulate the problem, with different answers.

Fortunately, the problem posed by Riya is completely specified; it is an example of what I called Scenario A, where there are two tests with different properties, and we don't know which test was used.

There are several ways to proceed, but I recommend writing four hypotheses that specify the test and the status of the patient:

TEST1 and sick
TEST1 and not sick
TEST2 and sick
TEST2 and not sick

For each of these hypotheses, it is straightforward to compute the prior probability and the likelihood of a positive test.  From there, it's just arithmetic.

Here's what it looks like using my world famous Bayesian update worksheet:

(Now with more smudges because I had an arithmetic error the first time.  Thanks, Ben Torvaney, for pointing it out.)

After the update, the total probability that the patient is sick is 10/26 or about 38%.  That's up from the prior, which was 1/5 or 20%.  So the positive test is evidence that the patient is sick, but it is not very strong evidence.

Interestingly, the total posterior probability of TEST2 is 12/26 or about 46%.  That's up from the prior, which was 33%.  So the positive test provides some evidence that TEST2 was used.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Last batch of notebooks for Think Stats

Getting ready to teach Data Science in the spring, I am going back through Think Stats and updating the Jupyter notebooks.  Each chapter has a notebook that shows the examples from the book along with some small exercises, with more substantial exercises at the end.

If you are reading the book, you can get the notebooks by cloning this repository on GitHub, and running the notebooks on your computer.

Or you can read (but not run) the notebooks on GitHub:

Chapter 13 Notebook (Chapter 13 Solutions)
Chapter 14 Notebook (Chapter 14 Solutions)

I am done now, just in time for the semester to start, tomorrow! Here are some of the examples from Chapter 13, on survival analysis:

Survival analysis

If we have an unbiased sample of complete lifetimes, we can compute the survival function from the CDF and the hazard function from the survival function.
Here's the distribution of pregnancy length in the NSFG dataset.
In [2]:
import nsfg

preg = nsfg.ReadFemPreg()
complete = preg.query('outcome in [1, 3, 4]').prglngth
cdf = thinkstats2.Cdf(complete, label='cdf')
The survival function is just the complementary CDF.
In [3]:
import survival

def MakeSurvivalFromCdf(cdf, label=''):
    """Makes a survival function based on a CDF.

    cdf: Cdf
    returns: SurvivalFunction
    ts = cdf.xs
    ss = 1 - cdf.ps
    return survival.SurvivalFunction(ts, ss, label)
In [4]:
sf = MakeSurvivalFromCdf(cdf, label='survival')
In [5]:
Here's the CDF and SF.
In [6]:
thinkplot.Cdf(cdf, alpha=0.2)
thinkplot.Config(loc='center left')
And here's the hazard function.
In [7]:
hf = sf.MakeHazardFunction(label='hazard')
In [8]:
thinkplot.Config(ylim=[0, 0.75], loc='upper left')

Age at first marriage

We'll use the NSFG respondent file to estimate the hazard function and survival function for age at first marriage.
In [9]:
resp6 = nsfg.ReadFemResp()
We have to clean up a few variables.
In [10]:
resp6.cmmarrhx.replace([9997, 9998, 9999], np.nan, inplace=True)
resp6['agemarry'] = (resp6.cmmarrhx - resp6.cmbirth) / 12.0
resp6['age'] = (resp6.cmintvw - resp6.cmbirth) / 12.0
And the extract the age at first marriage for people who are married, and the age at time of interview for people who are not.
In [11]:
complete = resp6[resp6.evrmarry==1].agemarry.dropna()
ongoing = resp6[resp6.evrmarry==0].age
The following function uses Kaplan-Meier to estimate the hazard function.
In [12]:
from collections import Counter

def EstimateHazardFunction(complete, ongoing, label='', verbose=False):
    """Estimates the hazard function by Kaplan-Meier.


    complete: list of complete lifetimes
    ongoing: list of ongoing lifetimes
    label: string
    verbose: whether to display intermediate results
    if np.sum(np.isnan(complete)):
        raise ValueError("complete contains NaNs")
    if np.sum(np.isnan(ongoing)):
        raise ValueError("ongoing contains NaNs")

    hist_complete = Counter(complete)
    hist_ongoing = Counter(ongoing)

    ts = list(hist_complete | hist_ongoing)

    at_risk = len(complete) + len(ongoing)

    lams = pd.Series(index=ts)
    for t in ts:
        ended = hist_complete[t]
        censored = hist_ongoing[t]

        lams[t] = ended / at_risk
        if verbose:
            print(t, at_risk, ended, censored, lams[t])
        at_risk -= ended + censored

    return survival.HazardFunction(lams, label=label)
Here is the hazard function and corresponding survival function.
In [13]:
hf = EstimateHazardFunction(complete, ongoing)
thinkplot.Config(xlabel='Age (years)',
In [14]:
sf = hf.MakeSurvival()
thinkplot.Config(xlabel='Age (years)',
                 ylabel='Prob unmarried',
                 ylim=[0, 1])

Quantifying uncertainty

To see how much the results depend on random sampling, we'll use a resampling process again.
In [15]:
def EstimateMarriageSurvival(resp):
    """Estimates the survival curve.

    resp: DataFrame of respondents

    returns: pair of HazardFunction, SurvivalFunction
    # NOTE: Filling missing values would be better than dropping them.
    complete = resp[resp.evrmarry == 1].agemarry.dropna()
    ongoing = resp[resp.evrmarry == 0].age

    hf = EstimateHazardFunction(complete, ongoing)
    sf = hf.MakeSurvival()

    return hf, sf
In [16]:
def ResampleSurvival(resp, iters=101):
    """Resamples respondents and estimates the survival function.

    resp: DataFrame of respondents
    iters: number of resamples
    _, sf = EstimateMarriageSurvival(resp)

    low, high = resp.agemarry.min(), resp.agemarry.max()
    ts = np.arange(low, high, 1/12.0)

    ss_seq = []
    for _ in range(iters):
        sample = thinkstats2.ResampleRowsWeighted(resp)
        _, sf = EstimateMarriageSurvival(sample)

    low, high = thinkstats2.PercentileRows(ss_seq, [5, 95])
    thinkplot.FillBetween(ts, low, high, color='gray', label='90% CI')
The following plot shows the survival function based on the raw data and a 90% CI based on resampling.
In [17]:
thinkplot.Config(xlabel='Age (years)',
                 ylabel='Prob unmarried',
                 xlim=[12, 46],
                 ylim=[0, 1],
                 loc='upper right')
The SF based on the raw data falls outside the 90% CI because the CI is based on weighted resampling, and the raw data is not. You can confirm that by replacing ResampleRowsWeighted with ResampleRows in ResampleSurvival.

More data

To generate survivial curves for each birth cohort, we need more data, which we can get by combining data from several NSFG cycles.
In [18]:
resp5 = survival.ReadFemResp1995()
resp6 = survival.ReadFemResp2002()
resp7 = survival.ReadFemResp2010()
In [19]:
resps = [resp5, resp6, resp7]
The following is the code from survival.py that generates SFs broken down by decade of birth.
In [20]:
def AddLabelsByDecade(groups, **options):
    """Draws fake points in order to add labels to the legend.

    groups: GroupBy object
    for name, _ in groups:
        label = '%d0s' % name
        thinkplot.Plot([15], [1], label=label, **options)

def EstimateMarriageSurvivalByDecade(groups, **options):
    """Groups respondents by decade and plots survival curves.

    groups: GroupBy object
    for _, group in groups:
        _, sf = EstimateMarriageSurvival(group)
        thinkplot.Plot(sf, **options)

def PlotResampledByDecade(resps, iters=11, predict_flag=False, omit=None):
    """Plots survival curves for resampled data.

    resps: list of DataFrames
    iters: number of resamples to plot
    predict_flag: whether to also plot predictions
    for i in range(iters):
        samples = [thinkstats2.ResampleRowsWeighted(resp) 
                   for resp in resps]
        sample = pd.concat(samples, ignore_index=True)
        groups = sample.groupby('decade')

        if omit:
            groups = [(name, group) for name, group in groups 
                      if name not in omit]

        # TODO: refactor this to collect resampled estimates and
        # plot shaded areas
        if i == 0:
            AddLabelsByDecade(groups, alpha=0.7)

        if predict_flag:
            PlotPredictionsByDecade(groups, alpha=0.1)
            EstimateMarriageSurvivalByDecade(groups, alpha=0.1)
            EstimateMarriageSurvivalByDecade(groups, alpha=0.2)
Here are the results for the combined data.
In [21]:
thinkplot.Config(xlabel='Age (years)',
                   ylabel='Prob unmarried',
                   xlim=[13, 45],
                   ylim=[0, 1])
We can generate predictions by assuming that the hazard function of each generation will be the same as for the previous generation.
In [22]:
def PlotPredictionsByDecade(groups, **options):
    """Groups respondents by decade and plots survival curves.

    groups: GroupBy object
    hfs = []
    for _, group in groups:
        hf, sf = EstimateMarriageSurvival(group)

    for i, hf in enumerate(hfs):
        if i > 0:
        sf = hf.MakeSurvival()
        thinkplot.Plot(sf, **options)
And here's what that looks like.
In [23]:
PlotResampledByDecade(resps, predict_flag=True)
thinkplot.Config(xlabel='Age (years)',
                 ylabel='Prob unmarried',
                 xlim=[13, 45],
                 ylim=[0, 1])

Remaining lifetime

Distributions with difference shapes yield different behavior for remaining lifetime as a function of age.
In [24]:
preg = nsfg.ReadFemPreg()

complete = preg.query('outcome in [1, 3, 4]').prglngth
print('Number of complete pregnancies', len(complete))
ongoing = preg[preg.outcome == 6].prglngth
print('Number of ongoing pregnancies', len(ongoing))

hf = EstimateHazardFunction(complete, ongoing)
sf1 = hf.MakeSurvival()
Number of complete pregnancies 11189
Number of ongoing pregnancies 352
Here's the expected remaining duration of a pregnancy as a function of the number of weeks elapsed. After week 36, the process becomes "memoryless".
In [25]:
rem_life1 = sf1.RemainingLifetime()
thinkplot.Config(title='Remaining pregnancy length',
                 ylabel='Mean remaining weeks')
And here's the median remaining time until first marriage as a function of age.
In [26]:
hf, sf2 = EstimateMarriageSurvival(resp6)
In [27]:
func = lambda pmf: pmf.Percentile(50)
rem_life2 = sf2.RemainingLifetime(filler=np.inf, func=func)
thinkplot.Config(title='Years until first marriage',
                 ylim=[0, 15],
                 xlim=[11, 31],
                 xlabel='Age (years)',
                 ylabel='Median remaining years')


Exercise: In NSFG Cycles 6 and 7, the variable cmdivorcx contains the date of divorce for the respondent’s first marriage, if applicable, encoded in century-months.
Compute the duration of marriages that have ended in divorce, and the duration, so far, of marriages that are ongoing. Estimate the hazard and survival curve for the duration of marriage.
Use resampling to take into account sampling weights, and plot data from several resamples to visualize sampling error.
Consider dividing the respondents into groups by decade of birth, and possibly by age at first marriage.
In [28]:
def CleanData(resp):
    """Cleans respondent data.

    resp: DataFrame
    resp.cmdivorcx.replace([9998, 9999], np.nan, inplace=True)

    resp['notdivorced'] = resp.cmdivorcx.isnull().astype(int)
    resp['duration'] = (resp.cmdivorcx - resp.cmmarrhx) / 12.0
    resp['durationsofar'] = (resp.cmintvw - resp.cmmarrhx) / 12.0

    month0 = pd.to_datetime('1899-12-15')
    dates = [month0 + pd.DateOffset(months=cm) 
             for cm in resp.cmbirth]
    resp['decade'] = (pd.DatetimeIndex(dates).year - 1900) // 10
In [29]:
married6 = resp6[resp6.evrmarry==1]

married7 = resp7[resp7.evrmarry==1]
In [30]:
# Solution

def ResampleDivorceCurve(resps):
    """Plots divorce curves based on resampled data.

    resps: list of respondent DataFrames
    for _ in range(11):
        samples = [thinkstats2.ResampleRowsWeighted(resp) 
                   for resp in resps]
        sample = pd.concat(samples, ignore_index=True)
        PlotDivorceCurveByDecade(sample, color='#225EA8', alpha=0.1)

                   axis=[0, 28, 0, 1])
In [31]:
# Solution

def ResampleDivorceCurveByDecade(resps):
    """Plots divorce curves for each birth cohort.

    resps: list of respondent DataFrames    
    for i in range(41):
        samples = [thinkstats2.ResampleRowsWeighted(resp) 
                   for resp in resps]
        sample = pd.concat(samples, ignore_index=True)
        groups = sample.groupby('decade')
        if i == 0:
            survival.AddLabelsByDecade(groups, alpha=0.7)

        EstimateSurvivalByDecade(groups, alpha=0.1)

                     ylabel='Fraction undivorced',
                     axis=[0, 28, 0, 1])
In [32]:
# Solution

def EstimateSurvivalByDecade(groups, **options):
    """Groups respondents by decade and plots survival curves.

    groups: GroupBy object
    for name, group in groups:
        _, sf = EstimateSurvival(group)
        thinkplot.Plot(sf, **options)
In [33]:
# Solution

def EstimateSurvival(resp):
    """Estimates the survival curve.

    resp: DataFrame of respondents

    returns: pair of HazardFunction, SurvivalFunction
    complete = resp[resp.notdivorced == 0].duration.dropna()
    ongoing = resp[resp.notdivorced == 1].durationsofar.dropna()

    hf = survival.EstimateHazardFunction(complete, ongoing)
    sf = hf.MakeSurvival()

    return hf, sf
In [34]:
# Solution

ResampleDivorceCurveByDecade([married6, married7])
In [ ]: