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Twins on the up

December 12, 2018
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Twins on the up

Are multiple births on the increase? My twin boys turned 5 years old today. Wow, time flies. Life is never dull, because twins are still seen as something of a novelty, so wherever we go, we find ourselves in conversation with strangers, who...

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Creating and saving multiple plots to Powerpoint

November 29, 2018
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At the NHS R conference we delivered a session on animating patient flow. This started with a single plot showing all patient movements, and then I demonstrated the ability to create a faceted plot. But, with many different areas, and a smal...

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Thoughts on the NHS-R conference

October 30, 2018
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It’s been a few weeks since the first NHS-R conference was held in Birmingham. I co-presented a couple of workshops with Neil Pettinger on visualising patient flow, covering the following importing from Excel (and connecting to SQ...

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Where am I?

September 22, 2018
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Notes on the here package - The here package is pretty simple ( only 3 functions), but I cannot remember how to use it to navigate folders, so this is my aide-memoire. It might be useful for others too. Here finds the root of your current fo...

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Mid Table Mediocrity

August 10, 2018
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Mid Table Mediocrity

Visualising potential winners in the Scottish Championship - Last August, I was given a surprise gift of a season ticket to watch my local football team, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They’d been relegated from the top league in Scotland t...

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Tidily evaluated ggplot2

July 3, 2018
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Tidily evaluated ggplot2

Test driving the new release of ggplot2 - A new release of ggplot2 Now that tidy evaluation is baked into ggplot2, as of TODAY, let’s take it for a spin: ggplot2 3.0.0 %__% create function %__% test function %__% end library(dplyr) library(ggplot2) library(tidyr) library(tibble) data

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More tidy evaluation with ggplot2

July 3, 2018
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More tidy evaluation with ggplot2

Following up the follow up - After my previous post, my good friend David Henderson asked a good question on Twitter ( it happens :)) To be honest, I hadn’t even noticed there was no tilde (the ‘~’ ) in my call to facet_wrap. So I did a little experiment : library(dplyr) library(ggplot2) library(tidyr) library(tibble) data

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Even Simpler SQL

June 2, 2018
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I’ve had some feedback on the last post, and rather than repeat the same thing multiple times, I’m going all @drob, and writing this instead.. When I tweeted out the link to my post I gave it the tag line “why I’d rather write dplyr than SQL”. What I couldn’t fit in to the tweet was that this was based on...

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simpler SQL with dplyr

May 31, 2018
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simpler SQL with dplyr

comparing dplyr with SQL nested queries - Following on from my last post, where I demonstrated R to some first time R users, I want to do a wee comparison of dplyr V SQL, so that folks, particularly those in the NHS who might be R curious, can see just what the fuss is about. To do so...

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AphA Scotland – it’s a thing

May 12, 2018
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Reflections on AphA Scotland launch event - On Tues 8th May there was only one Scottish based member of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (me) but on Wed 9th May that number rose to around 80 with the launch of the the Scotland AphA Branch. The event took place in the very nice Perth Concert Hall, and...

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