This is the home page for me, Lars Erik Schonander. My main interests data analysis and visualization, geospatial analysis, economic development, and bringing tech into international affairs.
I am always open for work from helping people with a variety of problems, with a focus on data analysis.
I write for various outlets and blog as well. Below are links to recent articles in both catagories:
Machine Learning and the Data Annotation Industry (Lincoln Network)
For Lincoln Network, a think-tank, I do data-driven research along with general explainers on various technology issues. Here I wrote a explainer on the data labeling industry, which helps label the data that tech companies collect so that companies like Waymo or Tesla can have their driverless cars working properly.
The Aggregate July 1st, 2019 (The Aggregate)
The Aggregate is a [bi]weekly newsletter I run on the analysis of interesting datasets. For this edition, I was working on a personal project to get better at natural language processing. To do this, I discovered BuzzFeed News had a paginated non-rate limited API, so I designed a scraper for the API to get 49,050 articles, or back to 2014. To then understand the types of articles BuzzFeed News publishes, I did topic modeling via word embeddings to analyze the dataset.
Snapchat Political Ad Spending Shows Creativity (MediaFile)
Back in late 2019, I discovered that Snapchat published their political ad spend library. For MediaFile, I decided to do an analysis of the dataset, and discovered that Snapchat was used for politics outside of the United States. For example, the APK (the party Erdogan leads) political party advertised itself with Snapchat adds, and the UAE used Snapchat to advertise for their elections.
Industry Reminded Yet Again of Geographic Disparity (MediaFile)
In 2019, there have been quite a few journalism lay offs. Via web scraping, I turned a textual listing o the layoffs by month from January to May 2019. This was used to provide context to one of the troubling issues where national reporters have to do the work that local reporters used to do, because of how gutted local news organizations have become.
- Tidy Quantiles for Geospatial Programming - December 19, 2019
- Infrastructure Weekend at hackNY - October 9, 2019
- Life Capital DC, A Student’s Perspective - September 23, 2019
- Simulation in R - August 20, 2019
- A Review of Waste Tide - July 29, 2019
- Pulitzer Beyond Religion Notes - June 19, 2019
- Intro to TidyText with Are.na - May 21, 2019
- David Attenborough - April 27, 2019
- On RadicalxChange - March 31, 2019
- Open Source Funding Distribution - March 10, 2019
- Readings on Open Source - February 1, 2019
- Geospatial Analysis for Fun and Profit - January 7, 2019
- An Intro to Are.na - December 12, 2018
- Thoughts on Quadratic Voting - December 8, 2018
- Thoughts on TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin - December 3, 2018
- Hacking in Helsinki - November 28, 2018
- Mid November Link Round Up - November 16, 2018
- Musings on Madrid - November 4, 2018
- Questions on Modern Crime - October 20, 2018
- A Little Madness in Madrid - September 16, 2018
- A Look at ReasonML - September 10, 2018
- Some Data Munging with Pandas - August 14, 2018
- A Day at the Rubin - August 10, 2018
- A Small Project - August 2, 2018
- Fun with Requests - July 23, 2018
- Prototyping APIs with Flask - July 17, 2018
- An Introduction to Prophet - July 1, 2018
More posts located in the archives which also contain articles from elsewhere.
I also write a newsletter called The Aggregate focused on visualizing interesting data sets. You can sign up below!