Topological Data Analysis, I think it's called?
February 8, 2014 6:09 PM Subscribe
Using a dataset I would like to perform the type of analysis shown here
How would I go about doing this?
posted by Ndwright to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Effectively what I want to do is group members of a large dataset together by observed characteristics as opposed to existing formal categories. In the article linked above, the researcher does just this (with a very effective visualization, no less) by looking at basketball players' individual statistics rather than their formal positions. In an article that was linked to Metafilter, another individual does this with online dating profiles
, scraping a dataset and grouping based on observed characteristics.
Any software that could help with the visualization would be awesome too. If my question seems a little unfocused it's because I'm a bit of a data newbie, I'm only just now learning STATA and my programming skills are lackluster. The answer to the above question can be "hire a programmer", I'd just need to know what type of programming skills to look for.