What do you say when someone asks: “I’m working on a course assignment… to gain insights into the [data science] industry”?
Posted here because I will inevitably forget this painfully worked-out answer for having legends for two different types of plots in Seaborn… import numpy as np import pandas as pd import seaborn as sns import matplotlib.pyplot as plt # We will need to access some of these matplotlib classes directly from matplotlib.lines import Line2D #… Continue reading Seaborn Plots with 2 Legends
Recently, I was asked to give talks at both UCL’s CASA and the ETH Future Cities Lab in Singapore for students and staff new to ‘urban data science’ and the sorts of workflows involved in collecting, processing, analysing, and reporting on urban geo-data. Developing the talk proved to be a rather enjoyable opportunity to reflect on more… Continue reading The Full Stack: Tools & Processes for Urban Data Scientists
In some circles (e.g. mine) news that the government is trying (again) to sell off the Land Registry has caused something of a stir. The curtain closed on the first act of this drama in March 2014, by which time 91% of respondents to the consultation opposed the Land Registry’s transition to a service delivery company.… Continue reading Land Registry Consultation #2: Reasons to Respond
I’ve been making a lot of use of PostgreSQL and PostGIS for working with geo-data over the past year and, having finally gotten over my hatred of the non-standard administrative commands, I am seriously impressed with what this setup makes possible. Even on a MacBook Air with just 8GB of RAM! However, one area where… Continue reading Installing PostgreSQL Extensions on Mac OS X
I recently wrote up some thoughts on the value of peer programming as a tool for academic use in course planning and administration. The short answer: really useful but, like all things, best used in moderation. Read more at: Peer Programming for Academics
Building on yesterday’s post about my London affordability maps, here are the equivalent maps for the Manchester area (sorry Liverpool, I’ll get there!) from 1997 and 2012. It’s obviously a very different picture in terms of price, volume and distribution; these differences were well-known anecdotally but a lot of the detail was hidden until the Land… Continue reading Mapping the Changing Affordability of Manchester
Last night I discovered how many of my friends watch C4’s Dispatches since quite a few of them texted me to say that they had seen me talking about property affordability on “The Great British Property Divide”. However, since Dispatches has to somehow keep the running time down to just 30 minutes, there’s not much of a… Continue reading Mapping the Changing Affordability of London
Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded doctoral student to join King’s College London, BT Archives, and the Science Museum Group in late September 2015 or early January 2016 to investigate the impact of the telephone landline network on British society and culture(s). The project is informed by the rise of the Internet and social media,… Continue reading History of Telephony: Funded PhD Award with King’s College London, BT and the Science Museum Group
As a follow-on to my earlier piece on Hex-Binning Land Registry Data, here’s a talk I gave on the housing crisis as part of the Pint of Science Festival a couple of weeks back.