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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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its the Gramma an punctuashun wot its’ about, Rgiht?

October 4, 2012
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its the Gramma an punctuashun wot its’ about, Rgiht?

This is another of those confluence style posts, where a handful of things I’ve read in quick succession seem to phase lock in my mind: (brought to mind in part via @downes a week or so ago: How to Synch 32 Metronomes) The first was a post by Alan Levine on Making Text Work, which

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Merging Data Sets Based on Partially Matched Data Elements

September 26, 2012
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Merging Data Sets Based on Partially Matched Data Elements

A tweet from @coneee yesterday about merging two datasets using columns of data that don’t quite match got me wondering about a possible R recipe for handling partial matching. The data in question related to country names in a datafile that needed fusing with country names in a listing of ISO country codes. The original

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F1 2012 Mid-Season Review

August 30, 2012
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F1 2012 Mid-Season Review

Rather belatedly, I got around to posting a series of posts summarising the Formula One season to date: F1 2012 Mid-Season Review – Grid/Classification Analysis: for example, how do the drivers’ grid and final classifications compare? F1 2012 Mid-Season Review – Pit Stops: for example, how does pit stop performance across the teams compare? F1

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Open Research Data Processes: KMi Crunch – Hosted RStudio Analytics Environment

August 23, 2012
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Open Research Data Processes: KMi Crunch – Hosted RStudio Analytics Environment

One of the possible barriers to widespread adoption of open notebook science is knowing where to start. Video reports of lab experiments hosted on Youtube can be easily embedded in a hosted WordPress blog; a MediaWiki wiki can be used to provide one page per experiment, with change tracking/history on each page and a shadow

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Creating Olympic Medal Treemap Visualisations Using OTS R Libraries

August 7, 2012
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Creating Olympic Medal Treemap Visualisations Using OTS R Libraries

In London Olympics 2012 Medal Tables At A Glance? I posted some treemap visualisations of the Olympics medal tables generated using a Google Visualisation Chart treemap component. I thought it might be worth posting a quick R generated example too, using the off-the-shelf/straight out of CRAN treemap component. (If you want to play along, download

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At A Glance View of the 2012 Olympics Heptathlon Performances

August 4, 2012
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At A Glance View of the 2012 Olympics Heptathlon Performances

I spent most of today, err, yesterday, failing to hold back the tears as the medal performances from the Team GB Olympians kept rolling in… So to celebrate one of those wonderful performances, here are a couple of quick sketches of how Jessica Ennis made her medal in the Heptathlon. (The data is cut and

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Fumblings with Ranked Likert Scale Data in R

July 9, 2012
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Fumblings with Ranked Likert Scale Data in R

The code is horrible and the visualisations quite possibly misleading, but I’m dead tired and there are a couple of tricks in the following R code that I want to remember, so here’s a contrived bit of fumbling with some data of the form: enjoyCompany tooMuchFamily 1 strongly agree strongly disagree 2 strongly agree strongly

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Interest Differencing: Folk Commonly Followed by Tweeting MPs of Different Parties

July 6, 2012
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Interest Differencing: Folk Commonly Followed by Tweeting MPs of Different Parties

Earlier this year I doodled a recipe for comparing the folk commonly followed by users of a couple of BBC programme hashtags (Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers). Prompted in part by a tweet from Michael Smethurst/@fantasticlife about generating an ESP map for UK politicians (something I’ve also doodled before – Sketching

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