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Scraping pages and downloading files using R

October 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

I have written a few posts discussing descriptive analyses of evaluation of National Standards for New Zealand primary schools.The data for roughly half of the schools was made available by the media, but the full version of the dataset is … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Some regressions on school data

September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Eric and I have been exchanging emails about potential analyses for the school data and he published a first draft model in Offsetting Behaviour. I have kept on doing mostly data exploration while we get a definitive full dataset, and … Continue reading → [Read more...]

New Zealand school performance: beyond the headlines

September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

I like the idea of having data on school performance, not to directly rank schools—hard, to say the least, at this stage—but because we can start having a look at the factors influencing test results. I imagine the opportunity in … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Accessing and Visualising Sentencing Data for Local Courts

November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

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...]

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 | 0 Comments

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...]

Troubling news for the teaching of evolution

February 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent survey reported in Science ("Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, but not in the Classroom"),  suggests that high school teachers are not teaching evolution to the fullest extent, say, that grammar is being taught in the English c...
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