Python Journey Part 1

In my MA program, we used SAS to do statistics. I had two classes in SAS, but I have not touched it since. I had the worst trouble getting the free version to work on my PC, but now they have changed it and it’s all available on the cloud. I am using it now to get back into it slowly.

First, however, I am concentrating on Python, as it seems to be software that more companies use. This makes sense, as Python is free, and a lot of businesses don’t want to necessarily shell out thousands for SAS (I think someone said the base version is $16k?) So, I begin my journey into Python. I will post my progress here and include any projects I do, just in case it is helpful for anyone else to learn in some small way as I go along the process.

I am starting with this free course on Udemy
https://www.udemy.com/course/free-python/learn/lecture/5857026#overview

The Three Musketeers, in the Desert with Guns: Examining Three Kings as a Direct Adaptation of Gunga Din

This essay examines film adaptation and argues that the 2000 film, Three Kings acts as an indirect adaptation to the 1939 film, Gunga Din. It looks at the similarities of each film, the differences, and it looks to answer the basic question- what counts as an “adaptation?”

This was part of my B.A. in Film program at Western Kentucky University. This essay was chosen by a peer-reviewed, undergrad film journal to be run as a feature. I declined the offer in order to submit it to be officially peer-reviewed and included in a general at a later date.
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Self Reflexive Postmodern Horror Cinema: Examining Scream 1 and 2, Popcorn, and Demons as the Ultimate in Meta Movies

This essay was written as part of a Film Genre class that was part of my B.A. in Film program at Western Kentucky University. In it, I discuss the idea of a meta-movie, where the action (and sometimes the characters themselves) know about the basic tropes and themes of the movie they are currently in.

These self-reflexive films take the themes of their genre (in this case, the horror movie genre) and play into these aspects, giving a subtle wink to the audience that we all know this is a movie and we are running with it.
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Meaningful Reform or Wasted Effort: The Effect of Taxes on Cigarette Consumption 1985-1995

This essay, written as part of an Applied Statistics class, uses public data and basic statistical methods to see if there was an effect on the number of people (especially young people) who smoked when local governments and states decided to raise taxes on tobacco products in order to decrease the number of users. This essay looks at the data to see if the efforts were a success or a wasted effort.

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Open Borders? A Speculative Economic Essay

I wrote this paper for my senior thesis as part of my B.A. in Economics at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, KY. The paper was penned in 2014. It uses data to support a government policy of open borders, or, at minimum, borders that are much more open now than they have been in the past 80 years or so.
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Minimum Wage Graduate Thesis (2016)

In this study, I wanted to see the effect minimum wage increases had on unemployment. To find the probability of being unemployed in two contiguous states (Oregon and Nevada) in the period 2002-2003 (the minimum wage in both states were at or above the federal minimum, and Oregon saw a much bigger increase), I took a number of dummy variables created from data taken from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and compared them in each state. Using variables for being “black” or “non-black,” “female” or “non-female,” etc. and filtering out ages below 18 (these possible workers would skew the results), I found that there was very little statistically significant difference. The dummy variable of being black lowered the employment rate in both states, suggesting that race affected your chance of finding work in these two states in this one year time period.

Overall, the P values and R2 values showed that each of these variables had little effect on employment overall, but that the increase in the minimum wage did cause a small decrease. However, the values showed no strong statistical significance, so the study was fairly inconclusive to the main question of whether or not a wage increase causes any decrease in employment among a wide range of people.

Joshua Bozeman: Resume

Hi. My name is Josh Bozeman. I am currently living in Dallas, Texas by the way of Kentucky by the way of Indiana. Yes, I am originally a “Hoosier.” Also, I am still not familiar where that term comes from. There are theories but no one is 100% certain. You can call me Joshua, Josh, Bozeman, or “hey you over there.” I am fine with any of those. I grew up in a tiny town in Southwestern Indiana called Boonville. Abe Lincoln used to walk from his boyhood home nearly 20 miles away to learn the legal profession at the Boonville library. That is our one claim to fame. I moved to Dallas in 2018 for better job opportunities and because I love the Texas Rangers.

I am currently working for Frito-Lay in consumer relations, but I am looking to use the skills from my degrees in a professional environment. I have a BA in Economics from Western Kentucky University, as well as a BA in Film Theory, and an MA in Applied Economics- both from the same school. My program was centered around data analysis using SAS, but I am currently studying Python to be followed by SQL and R. I am a dedicated lifelong learner, and I feel like any day you spend on earth without learning something is probably a day that has been wasted. I love to learn new things and as many skills as possible just to keep life interesting.

My career has been varied, and most often I have been in a leadership role building talent, hiring new staff, doing evaluations, etc. I have always loved hiring a new person, finding their raw, sometimes hidden, talents, bringing those talents to light, and watching them succeed. It’s a great feeling when you can help someone else be a better person. I am very detailed oriented, and I love research. I am a skilled writer with great verbal communication skills as well. I love to use data to tell a story, to find hidden meaning in a set of numbers, to craft a narrative for a layperson using statistics.

I am currently looking for a new position and can start ASAP. I am willing to work extra days to help with projects and really find a company I can stick with, really grow with, find new and exciting opportunities with. My resume is below. Please feel free to contact me via the Email or phone number listed. I am waiting to do great things and build a relationship that will hopefully last years to come with a great company looking for top talent.