Articles by Tony Hirst

Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish

December 10, 2011 | Tony Hirst

A couple of years or so ago, various JISC folk picked up on the idea that there might be value in them thar tweets and started encouraging the use of Twapperkeeper for archiving hashtagged tweets around events, supporting the development of that service in exchange for an open source version ... [Read more...]

More Dabblings With Local Sentencing Data

December 1, 2011 | Tony Hirst

In Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts I posted a couple of quick ways in to playing with Ministry of Justice sentencing data for the period July 2010-June 2011 at the local court level. At the end of the post, I wondered about how to wrangle the data in ... [Read more...]

Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts

November 29, 2011 | Tony Hirst

A recent provisional data release from the Ministry of Justice contains sentencing data from English(?) courts, at the offence level, for the period July 2010-June 2011: “Published for the first time every sentence handed down at each court in the country between July 2010 and June 2011, along with the age and ethnicity ... [Read more...]

Getting Started With Twitter Analysis in R

November 9, 2011 | Tony Hirst

Earlier today, I saw a post vis the aggregating R-Bloggers service a post on Using Text Mining to Find Out What @RDataMining Tweets are About. The post provides a walktrhough of how to grab tweets into an R session using the twitteR library, and then do some text mining on ... [Read more...]

Power Tools for Aspiring Data Journalists: R

October 31, 2011 | Tony Hirst

Picking up on Paul Bradshaw’s post A quick exercise for aspiring data journalists which hints at how you can use Google Spreadsheets to grab – and explore – a mortality dataset highlighted by Ben Goldacre in DIY statistical analysis: experience the thrill of touching real data, I thought I’d describe ... [Read more...]

On the Public Understanding of – and Public Engagement With – Statistics: Reflections on the OU Statistics Group Conference on “Visualisation and Presentation in Statistics”

May 24, 2011 | Tony Hirst

Last week I attended the OU Statistics conference on Visualisation and Presentation in Statistics (VIPS) (notes: here and here) One of the things that struck me from conversations and some of the presentations was that statistics – and in particular public engagement around statistics – appears to be lagging science efforts in ... [Read more...]
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