Blog Archives

Generating an academic CV with R and YAML

March 6, 2015
By
Generating an academic CV with R and YAML

Follow Email For the past couple years, I’ve been using Kieran Healy’s lovely template for my academic CV. Kieran’s code is a customised *.tex file which, of course, has the virtue of simplicity. All a person needs to do is update it with glorious achievements from time to time and re-compile; this is exactly what

Read more »

Waterfall plots in R

February 18, 2015
By
Waterfall plots in R

Follow Email Last week I posted about an orphaned paper of mine, a piece of research that hasn’t yet found a home and which I’m unlikely to find further time to work on. Abandoning something that you’ve worked hard on is disappointing and so it made sense to release it for those who were interested.

Read more »

Fumbling fumble statistics

January 30, 2015
By
Fumbling fumble statistics

Follow Email I wanted to add my two-cents worth to the “Deflate-gate” statistics row that’s been going on recently. If you want to catch up with the story, then you should start with the original articles at Sharp Football Analysis (1, 2) and this critique by Gregory J. Matthews and Michael Lopez. And if you

Read more »

Success rates for EPSRC proposals

December 12, 2013
By
Success rates for EPSRC proposals

Email In my last post, I looked at the success rates for EPSRC Fellowship applications using funnel plots. As luck would have it, Alex Hulkes and Derek Gillespie from EPSRC then got it touch to say that they had done a similar internal analysis and would I be interested in the data? Yes please! The

Read more »

Success rates for EPSRC Fellowships

November 18, 2013
By
Success rates for EPSRC Fellowships

Email I was recently at a presentation where the success rates for EPSRC fellowships were given by theme. The message of the talk was that Engineering fellowships were under-subscribed and so we should all be preparing our applications. But just because a theme is under-subcribed doesn’t mean that you’ve got a better chance of getting

Read more »

New R package: scholar

October 23, 2013
By
New R package: scholar

My new R package, scholar, has just been posted on CRAN. The scholar package provides functions to extract citation data from Google Scholar. In addition to retrieving basic information about a single scholar, the package also allows you to compare multiple scholars and predict future h-index values. There’s a full guide on Github (along

Read more »

Gaussian Processes with RStan

August 19, 2013
By
Gaussian Processes with RStan

Email Previously I looked at how to simulate Gaussian processes in R, following the methods in Rasmussen and Williams. But now that Andrew Gelman et al. (of

Read more »

We NEED more data

November 22, 2012
By
We NEED more data

Email One of the historic difficulties of doing research on urban energy systems has been the limited availability of data at sufficiently detailed spatial resolutions. Without this data, you might end up relying on aggregate information about the built environment, building occupants, and local geography that doesn't apply to the specifics of a particular neighbourhood

Read more »

What have I been doing all these years?!

August 11, 2012
By
What have I been doing all these years?!

In which Mo Farah et al show James that he's got a nasty heel-strike

Read more »

Gaussian process regression with R

April 5, 2012
By
Gaussian process regression with R

I’m currently working my way through Rasmussen and Williams’s book on Gaussian processes. It’s another one of those topics that seems to crop up a lot these days, particularly around control strategies for energy systems, and thought I should be able to at...

Read more »