Youyang Gu

Data Scientist

Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May 18th, 2021

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In the face of discrimination & injustice, I've always been taught to put our head down & ignore it. But this past year has taught me that this simply isn't enough. I want to take this time to share my thoughts on the model minority myth and how it can negatively impact Asian Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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One Year Later

February 26th, 2021

After almost a year since I started, I will be making the last daily update on Sunday, March 7, in concurrence with the conclusion of our main data source, the COVID Tracking Project. There are several reasons for this decision, which I will explain in this post.

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A Dose of Optimism

December 17th, 2020

2020 has seen no lack of depressive outlooks, finger pointing, and pessimistic expectations. We've gotten so used to the negativity that we sometimes forget to look on the positive side. From the resiliency of our frontline health care workers to the movement to fight systemic discrimination, 2020 has also seen no lack of heroes. I want to share three positive things that I have personally experienced this year.

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November 18th, 2020

After a one-month hiatus, I have decided to relaunch For this new project, I try to estimate the number of true infections in every US state and county. This is a nowcasting model (what has happened/is happening) rather than a forecasting model (what will happen).

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