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The Rise of Transparent Data Journalism – The BuzzFeed Tennis Match Fixing Data Analysis Notebook

January 18, 2016
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The Rise of Transparent Data Journalism – The BuzzFeed Tennis Match Fixing Data Analysis Notebook

The news today was lead in part by a story broken by the BBC and BuzzFeed News – The Tennis Racket – about match fixing in Grand Slam tennis tournaments. (The BBC contribution seems to have been done under the ever listenable File on Four: Tennis: Game, Set and Fix?) One interesting feature of this

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IBM DataScientistWorkBench = OpenRefine + RStudio + Jupyter Notebooks in the Cloud, Via Your Browser

December 18, 2015
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IBM DataScientistWorkBench = OpenRefine + RStudio + Jupyter Notebooks in the Cloud, Via Your Browser

One of the many things on my “to do” list is to put together a blogged script that wires together RStudio, Jupyter notebook server, Shiny server, OpenRefine, PostgreSQL and MongDB containers, and perhaps data extraction services like Apache Tika or Tabula and a few OpenRefine style reconciliation services, along with a common shared data container,

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RStudio Clone for Python – Rodeo

December 17, 2015
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RStudio Clone for Python – Rodeo

So have you been looking for something like RStudio, but for Python? It’s been out for some time, but a recently updated release of Rodeo gives an increasingly workable RStudio-like environment for Python users. The layout resembles the RStudio layout – file editor top left, interactive console bottom left, variable inspector  and history top right,

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How to Run A Shiny App in the Cloud Using Tutum, Digital Ocean and Docker Containers

December 10, 2015
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How to Run A Shiny App in the Cloud Using Tutum, Digital Ocean and Docker Containers

Via RBloggers, I spotted this post on Deploying Your Very Own Shiny Server. I’ve been toying with the idea of running some of my own Shiny apps, so that post provided a useful prompt, though way too involved for me;-) So here’s what seems to me to be an easier, rather more pointy-clicky, wiring stuff

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Course Management and Collaborative Jupyter Notebooks via SageMathCloud

November 24, 2015
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Course Management and Collaborative Jupyter Notebooks via SageMathCloud

Prompted by a joint coursemodule team to look at options surrounding a “virtual computing lab” to support a couple of new level 1 (first year equivalent) IT and computing courses (they should know better?!;-), I had another scout around and came across SageMathCloud, which looks at first glance to be just magical:-) An open source,

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Doodling With 3d Animated Charts in R

July 22, 2015
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Doodling With 3d Animated Charts in R

Doodling with some Gapminder data on child mortality and GDP per capita in PPP$, I wondered whether a 3d plot of the data over the time would show different trajectories over time for different countries, perhaps showing different development pathways over time. Here are a couple of quick sketches, generated using R (this is the

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Detecting Undercuts in F1 Races Using R

July 11, 2015
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Detecting Undercuts in F1 Races Using R

One of the things that’s been on my to do list for some time has been the identification of tactical or strategic events within a race that might be detected automatically. One such event is an undercut described by F1 journalist James Allen in the following terms (The secret of undercut and offset): An undercut

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Sports Data and R – Scope for a Thematic (Rather than Task) View? (Living Post)

July 7, 2015
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Sports Data and R – Scope for a Thematic (Rather than Task) View? (Living Post)

Via my feeds, I noticed a package announcement today for cricketR!, a new package for analysing cricket performance data. This got me wondering (again!) about what other sports related packages there might be out there, either in terms of functional thematic packages (to do with sport in general, or one sport in particular), or particular

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Running RStudio on Digital Ocean, AWS etc Using Tutum and Docker Containers

June 24, 2015
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Running RStudio on Digital Ocean, AWS etc Using Tutum and Docker Containers

Via RBloggers I noticed a tutorial today on Setting Rstudio server using Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the post Getting Started With Personal App Containers in the Cloud I described how I linked my tutum account to a Digital Ocean hosting account and then launched a Digital Ocean server. (How to link tutum to Amazon

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Spotting Potential Battles in F1 Races

June 10, 2015
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Spotting Potential Battles in F1 Races

Over the last couple of races, I’ve started trying to review a variety of battlemaps for various drivers in each race. Prompted by an email request for more info around the battlemaps, I generated a new sketch charting the on track gaps between each driver and the lap leader for each lap of the race

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