What do you say when someone asks: “I’m working on a course assignment… to gain insights into the [data science] industry”?
Seaborn Plots with 2 Legends
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
The Full Stack: Tools & Processes for Urban Data Scientists
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
Pint of Science: Curious About the Housing Crisis?
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.
Hex Binning Land Registry Data
One of the known problems with choropleth maps is that small zones, even if they contain very significant values, tend to get lost in amongst much larger zones. A current example is that the ridings in London are much smaller than those outside of London, so it can be hard to tell what’s happening in… Continue reading Hex Binning Land Registry Data
2 Funded PhD Positions at King’s
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m really pleased to be able to share details about two PhDs at King’s for which I have funding: one to look at the growth and evolution of the UK’s landline network, and one to look at the interface between smart city systems and urban governance. Read on for… Continue reading 2 Funded PhD Positions at King’s
‘Mapping the Space of Flows’: the geography of the London Mega-City Region
I’m pleased to be able to post here the penultimate version of an article that Duncan Smith and I recently had accepted to Regional Studies. In this article we look at ways of combining ‘big data’ from a telecoms network with standard BRES employment data to generate a more nuanced understanding of where ‘work’ happens… Continue reading ‘Mapping the Space of Flows’: the geography of the London Mega-City Region
Bridging the Qual/Quant Divide
I’ve been in my new post in the Geography department at King’s College London for nearly nine months now and — together with another new-ish colleague — have been asked to design a programme to teach quantitative research methods to students who often seem to think that their interests are solely qualitative.
Fear of Failure
An ongoing preoccupation of many governments, but perhaps most especially this one, has been the fostering of innovation and the training of the next generation of entrepreneurs. The positioning of tertiary education under Business, Innovation & Skills is one obvious sign of this focus and so, as I noted before, is the Government’s investment in… Continue reading Fear of Failure
Multiple MySQL Servers on a Single Machine
Note: this was previously posted at simulacra.info, but I am in the process of (re)organising my technical notes and tutorials. A bit of a dry post here, but I thought I’d share my experience of trying to get two instances of MySQL (and two different versions, to boot) running simultaneously on a single piece of hardware… Continue reading Multiple MySQL Servers on a Single Machine