About Tidy Tales

Tidy Tales is a data science blog meant to demonstrate the skills needed in a typical data science project. Namely, wrangling, visualizing, modelling, and communicating data, all with the assistance of programming. The blog takes its name from the tidy data framework for structuring data, and from its narrative style. My inspiration for the blog came from Tidy Tuesday, a weekly data project for practicing and building data science skills with real-world data. Many, but not all, of the posts on Tidy Tales will use data from Tidy Tuesday.

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Michael McCarthy

Hi, I’m Michael, the voice behind Tidy Tales. I am an award winning data scientist and R programmer passionate about solving problems with data. My background is in psychology research, where I’ve studied topics ranging from attitude formation, to decision-making, to individual differences in brain function. Studying how people think and act has given me a deep appreciation for the human side of data science. Much of our data is about people. All of our data is communicated to people. Understanding these relationships has been key to successfully navigating my role as a data scientist.

If you have a problem that you want to use data science to answer, I would love to help you. I offer several consulting services to help you accomplish your goals at any point in your project lifecycle, including long and short term consulting work, private training, and drop-in consulting. I value building new connections and would love to discuss opportunities to work with you. Let’s get to know each other.

You can learn more about me and find my other projects on my personal website.