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Are R ecosystems the future?

March 17, 2019
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Some random thoughts… Over the past 6 months I’ve been creating, refining, and delivering a variety of ‘Introduction to R’ training courses. The more I do this, the more I come to the view that not nearly enough is made of taking an ecosystem-oriented view to packages. A good way of talking about #rstats functionality is in terms of ecosystems, rather...

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Let’s call it tidysearch

January 23, 2019
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R became 25 years old last year, and yet it’s only in relatively recent years that the language has really taken off with numerous conferences every year driven by a passionate and vibrant community of users. A large part of this has been driven by a...

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Mapping homelessness in England

September 12, 2018
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Mapping homelessness in England

Introduction Data wrangling Initial analysis The painful part Introduction For this blog post, I decided to try to find a dataset covering an issue I feel quite strongly about - homelessness. I managed to find a fairly large dataset from the Cambridgeshire Insight website. For a while I’ve wanted to try out R’s mapping potential and hopefully generate a heatmap, so I’ve deliberately tried to...

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Two years in Data Science and not yet a Data Scientist

July 25, 2018
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What’s in a name? Despite the potentially grumpy sounding title of this post, this is more a positive reflection of the past two years since I started working in Data Science. I think I’ve come a long way, but there is still so far to to go if I am to confidently call myself a Data Scientist. Why does a...

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Portsmouth R User Group – 2nd Meeting

July 24, 2018
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Portsmouth R User Group – 2nd Meeting

Last month I attended my first ever R User Group meeting, which was held at the University of Portsmouth in their impressive Future Technology Centre. I’d been itching to go to one of these meetups for a while, but unfortunately there was nothing in the South of England, so when this opportunity came around I couldn’t miss it, especially...

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Learning some tough lessons!

March 20, 2018
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted - mainly because I got myself into a mess with Git and I’ve been putting off trying to sort it out. I’ve been wanting to post about htmlwidgets for a while now, and in my naivity I thought I’d retrospectively try to use the DT package on one of my older posts...

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Embarking on nested dataframes

January 20, 2018
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In a recent sprint, I was faced with the problem of carrying out analysis on data extracted from a database where there were several instances of the same table type and I wanted to do the same tasks on each of them. I know enough about the tidyverse to realise that this was a good opportunity to use functions...

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If at first you don’t succeed…

January 6, 2018
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After having some time to ponder the issues I was having in my last post, I’m pleased to say that all three are resolved, or at least partially to my immediate satisfaction. First off, I managed to get Netlify to automatically build my website for me, thanks to the helpful advice of their online support team. It turns out I...

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Sometimes learning is not fun

January 1, 2018
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Happy New Year! I’ve spent the time between Christmas and New Year being more productive than I would usually be, trying things out in R, some (relatively) successfully, others…not so much. I thought it would be worth writing about how embarking on Data Science isn’t all plain sailing, and can at times be incredibly frustrating! You often see people who make...

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes – who knew a mobile game could be so complicated?!

December 28, 2017
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How I started playing What are mods?? Laying the groundwork Reading in game data Cleaning it up Let the shenanigans begin!! Attempt 2: Brute force… The eventual resignation… How I started playing Back in 2015, during the boring period between Christmas and New Year, I decided to try out a Star Wars mobile game. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is essentially a jazzed up version of Top Trumps...

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