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dunnhumby takes 50% stake in Sandtable

We are delighted to announce that dunnhumby has taken a 50% stake in Sandtable. dunnhumby is one of the leading customer science companies and we share with them a passion for using data to understand behaviour. It has been a privilege to work with them, pioneering the use of agent based modelling (ABM) with large scale …
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PyData London MeetUp Launch

Pydata London had their launch meetup last night with pizza beer and python at Pivotal Labs space near Old Street. Emylyn talked about issues of converting Matlab into Python with a particular look the domain of Phamacology and the Life Sciences.  What I found interesting were the big reasons for researchers in the life science to prefer Matlab to …
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Nate Silver – Royal Geographical Society

Nate Silver recently spoke at the Royal Geographic Society, here in London.  He's possibly the closest thing to real celebrity statistics and modelling currently has, and yet, he was quite humble in presentation.  In fact, he's the first to admit that his popular 538 Blog's US election model is based on quite a simple approach: Track …
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Predicting Social Unrest

There was an interesting study covered in the MIT Technology Review connecting global food prices with riots in a number of developing countries. The correlation is very impressive and it is easy to interpret it as a simple cause and effect. These types of reports are invariably reported as such in the media. In fact the …
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The Apple logo and social influence

I switched to a Macbook about a year ago. I still get it out of my bag and put it on my lap the wrong way round to open it. It was only after reading this that I realised why I keep getting it wrong and why it makes sense for the logo to be that …
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Trust in data

We rely on data to understand what is happening in the world. A letter to the BMJ shows that sometimes we should be careful about how accurate that data actually is: “Even more striking, between 15,000 and 20,000 men have been admitted to obstetric wards each year since 2003, and almost 10,000 to gynaecology wards. Nearly …
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