Nicolas Kruchten

Nicolas Kruchten is a
software engineer at Datacratic
in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

April 9, 2015
House Numbers on the Island of Montreal

House Numbers on the Island of Montreal

I’ve always been curious to see what kinds of patterns would be visible if one tried to visualize the distribution of house numbers (the number in a street address) across a city like Montreal. This week I took some time to learn enough about the OpenStreetMap system to gather and plot the data.

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March 28, 2015
VisMtl #5 Roundup

VisMtl #5 Roundup

I recently organized and MC’ed the fifth Visualization Montreal meetup, and I think it was a great success! The concept was to have a series of 7-minutes-max flash presentations from Montrealers where each one would show off a single visualization project. The rules were: no slides, no tools, just one publicly available data visualization. We had 12 presenters including me, with a good mix of types of data and visualizations. Below is the list of visualizations that were presented, and you can find photos of the event here.

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March 22, 2015
Canadian MPs 2012 Visualization

Canadian MPs 2012 Visualization

The visualization I presented at VisMtl 5 was entitled “Canadian Members of Parliament in 2012 by Province, Party, Age & Gender” and is shown above.

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January 28, 2015
The Programmatic Waterfall Mystery: Solved


A recent article on AdExchanger asks “In the supposedly super-efficient world of RTB, why would publishers continue to waterfall their demand sources?”. The article goes on to say that the publisher’s justification is “Because it works” but that “Any economist could tell you that this is a bad idea”. I’m not an economist but I can still pull together enough auction theory to show that this practice isn’t necessarily a bad one.

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January 10, 2015
PAPIs.io 2014: Behind the scenes with a Predictive API


I gave a talk at in Barcelona at the PAPIs.io 2014 Predictive APIs conference last November.

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