Topic Mining AVC
So I’m on sitting on the couch waiting to go out to dinner with the Gotham Gal and friends last night, and wasting time by scrolling through Twitter and I came across this tweet:
New Blog Post: Mining a VC http://t.co/BKJr43xhzq | Topic Model Analysis on Fred Wilson’s blog posts over more than 11 years!
— Bugra Akyildiz (@bugraa) January 17, 2015
I didn’t have time to check it out, so I favorited it and made a note to come back to it. And I did that this morning.
Bugra is a Data Scientist
@axialco; he likes machine learning, data, Python and NLP, not necessarily in that order. He did some data science on this blog, starting on September 23rd, 2003, which is when I wrote the first post here.
Here is his post. It’s worth a full read but I’m going to gank a few images from it to summarize his findings for those who don’t feel like clicking over to it (you should).
Bugra mined 22 topics based on things I wrote most about and then did some analysis on those topics. Here is a frequency graph of them:
But of course my interest in these things rises and wanes over time.
I mentioned at year end 2014 that I thought social media had become uninteresting. Well the data on what I write about proves that:
Sometimes it’s a lack of interest. But it could also be a conscious decision to stop writing about something. As the readership of AVC grew, it became a lot less personal. That was a conscious decision on my part.
Not everything has gone down over time.
I’ve become a policy wonk (thanks to my partner Brad mostly):
And some topics just reflect the changing landscape we operate in, like this one:
And some topics reflect the changing patterns of my blogging, like the rise and fall of MBA Mondays:
Anyway, I found Burga’s post fascinating. I would like to see him add a few more topics, like bitcoin/blockchain, education, healthcare, and crowdfunding. Those are all things that I think a lot about and I’d be very curious to see how my interest in them has risen and/or fallen over the years.
In closing, I’d like to thank Burga for his work. It is valuable and revealing to me. Thank you Burga.