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Sketches Around Twitter Followers

February 19, 2013
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Sketches Around Twitter Followers

I’ve been doodling… Following a query about the possible purchase of Twitter followers for various public figure accounts (I need to get my head round what the problem is with that exactly?!), I thought I’d have a quick look at some stats around follower groupings… I started off with a data grab, pulling down the

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Reshaping Horse Import/Export Data to Fit a Sankey Diagram

February 18, 2013
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Reshaping Horse Import/Export Data to Fit a Sankey Diagram

As the food labeling and substituted horsemeat saga rolls on, I’ve been surprised at how little use has been made of “data” to put the structure of the food chain into some sort of context* (or maybe I’ve just missed those stories?). One place that can almost always be guaranteed to post a few related

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F1Stats – Correlations Between Qualifying, Grid and Race Classification

February 9, 2013
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F1Stats – Correlations Between Qualifying, Grid and Race Classification

Following directly on from F1Stats – Visually Comparing Qualifying and Grid Positions with Race Classification, and continuing in my attempt to replicate some of the methodology and results used in A Tale of Two Motorsports: A Graphical-Statistical Analysis of How Practice, Qualifying, and Past SuccessRelate to Finish Position in NASCAR and Formula One Racing, here’s

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Using SPARQL Query Libraries to Generate Simple Linked Data API Wrappers

January 31, 2013
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Using SPARQL Query Libraries to Generate Simple Linked Data API Wrappers

A handful of open Linked Data have appeared through my feeds in the last couple of days, including (via RBloggers) SPARQL with R in less than 5 minutes, which shows how to query US data.gov Linked Data and then Leigh Dodds’ Brief Review of the Land Registry Linked Data. I was going to post a

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Using SPARQL Query Libraries to Generate Simple Linked Data API Wrappers

January 31, 2013
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Using SPARQL Query Libraries to Generate Simple Linked Data API Wrappers

A handful of open Linked Data have appeared through my feeds in the last couple of days, including (via RBloggers) SPARQL with R in less than 5 minutes, which shows how to query US data.gov Linked Data and then Leigh Dodds’ Brief Review of the Land Registry Linked Data. I was going to post a

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F1Stats – Visually Comparing Qualifying and Grid Positions with Race Classification

January 30, 2013
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F1Stats – Visually Comparing Qualifying and Grid Positions with Race Classification

Following the roundabout tour of F1Stats – A Prequel to Getting Started With Rank Correlations, here’s a walk through of my attempt to replicate the first part of A Tale of Two

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Getting Started with F1 Betting Data

January 28, 2013
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Getting Started with F1 Betting Data

As part of my “learn about Formula One Stats” journey, one of the things I wanted to explore was how F1 betting odds change over the course of a race weekend, along with how well they predict race weekend outcomes. Courtesy of @flutterF1, I managed to get a peek of some betting data from one

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The Basics of Betting as a Way of Keeping Score…

January 15, 2013
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The Basics of Betting as a Way of Keeping Score…

Another preparatory step before I start learning about stats in the context of Formula One… There are a couple of things I’m hoping to achieve when I actually start the journey: 1) finding ways of using stats to help to pull out patterns and events that are interesting from a storytelling or news perspective; 2)

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My Personal Intro to F1 Race Statistics

January 10, 2013
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My Personal Intro to F1 Race Statistics

One of the many things I keep avoiding is statistics. I’ve never really been convinced about the 5% significance level thing; as far as I can tell, hardly anything that’s interesting normally distributes; all the counting that’s involved just confuses me; and I never really got to grips with confidently combining probabilities. I find a

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WordPress Stats in R

January 9, 2013
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WordPress Stats in R

A trackback from Martin Hawksey’s recent post on Analysing WordPress post velocity and momentum stats with Google Sheets (Spreadsheet), which demonstrates how to pull WordPress stats into a Google Spreadsheet and generates charts and reports therein, reminded me of the WordPress stats API. So here’s a quick function for pulling WordPress reports into R. (Code

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