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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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NHS Winter Situation Reports: Shiny Viewer v2

December 18, 2012
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NHS Winter Situation Reports: Shiny Viewer v2

Having got my NHS Winter sitrep data scraper into shape (I think!), and dabbled with a quick Shiny demo using the R/Shiny library, I thought I’d tidy it up a little over the weekend and long the way learn a few new presentation tricks. To quickly recap the data availability, the NHS publish a weekly

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Mapping Primary Care Trust (PCT) Data, Part 1

December 7, 2012
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Mapping Primary Care Trust (PCT) Data, Part 1

The launch or official opening or whatever it was of the Open Data Institute this week provided another chance to grab a snapshot of notable folk in the community, as for example demonstrated by people commonly followed by users of the #ODIlaunch hashtag on Twitter. The PR campaign also resulted in the appearance of some

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More Shiny Goodness – Tinkering With the Ergast Motor Racing Data API

December 4, 2012
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More Shiny Goodness – Tinkering With the Ergast Motor Racing Data API

I had a bit of a play with Shiny over the weekend, using the Ergast Motor Racing Data API and the magical Shiny library for R, that makes building interactive, browser based applications around R a breeze. As this is just a quick heads-up/review post, I’ll largely limit myself to a few screenshots. When I

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Quick Shiny Demo – Exploring NHS Winter Sit Rep Data

November 28, 2012
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Quick Shiny Demo – Exploring NHS Winter Sit Rep Data

Having spent a chink of the weekend and a piece of yesterday trying to pull NHS Winter sitrep data into some sort of shape in Scraperwiki, (described, in part, here: When Machine Readable Data Still Causes “Issues” – Wrangling Dates…), I couldn’t but help myself last night and had a quick go at using RStudio’s

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Interactive Scenarios With Shiny – The Race to the F1 2012 Drivers’ Championship

November 18, 2012
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Interactive Scenarios With Shiny – The Race to the F1 2012 Drivers’ Championship

In Paths to the F1 2012 Championship Based on How They Might Finish in the US Grand Prix I posted a quick hack to calculate the finishing positions that would determine the F1 2012 Drivers’ Championship in today’s United States Grand Prix, leaving a tease dangling around the possibility of working out what combinations would

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The Race to the F1 2012 Drivers’ Championship – Initial Sketches

November 16, 2012
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The Race to the F1 2012 Drivers’ Championship – Initial Sketches

In part inspired by the chart described in The electoral map sans the map, I thought I’d start mulling over a quick sketch showing the race to the 2012 Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The chart needs to show tension somehow, so in this first really quick and simple rough sketch, you really do have to

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