The Data Team @ The Data Lab

Data guidelines

A set of recommendations for clean and usable data

The extent to which a dataset follows a set of commonly expected guidelines will often determine how much time you have left to spend thinking about your analysis. Ideally, you might intend to spend 20% of your time cleaning the data for a project, and 80% planning and carrying out your actual analysis. But often, it might turn out to be the . . .

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October 17, 2017

LA maps of crime

Using R to map criminal activity in LA since 2010

I’ve recently come across data.gov—a huge resource for open data. At the time of writing, there are close to 17,000 freely available datasets stored there, including this one offered by the LAPD. Interestingly, this dataset includes almost 1.6M records of criminal activity occurring in LA since 2010—all of them described according to a . . .

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October 12, 2017

Winning Pub Quizzes with pandas

I was in my local pub quiz recently when as usual we were faced with the anagram speed round. The quiz-master Dr Paul reads out a collection of words with a clue to a mystery person's identity, and the first team to correctly shout out the answer wins a spot prize. It's often a box of Tunnock's Teacakes - so well worth the effort! . . .

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October 05, 2017