The Data Team @ The Data Lab

Introducing Jared Lander, Keynote Speaker at DataTech19

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Join us for DataTech19, Scotland’s first technical data science conference as part of DataFest

The Data Lab is delighted to introduce a new event to the DataFest family: DataTech (14 March 2019, Edinburgh). This technical, one-day data science conference will cater to a diverse audience including analysts, developers, . . .

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October 18, 2018

An R-based App for Exploring Traffic Accidents in Scotland

Recently I discovered that the UK government collects detailed information about traffic accidents across the country that are being reported to the police. What's even more interesting is that all these data are being uploaded and made publicly available on the government's open data website. This dataset, being so rich, immediately . . .

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September 13, 2018

Which Data Science Platform is Best?

The Challenges of Explainable ML and AI

Recently, I have finished a project working on testing Machine Learning algorithm performances in different data science platforms with an explicit focus on explainability. In this post, I shall describe some of the criteria and the platforms that were used in this project.

In the era of the internet where vast amounts of data are . . .

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August 31, 2018

Exploring transport routes, journey characteristics and postcode networks using R Shiny

Hi all,

Recently I've finished work on a project intended to visualise the traffic flow within a subsidised transport service, operated by a Scottish council. This visualisation needed to display variations in traffic flow conditional on factors such as the time of day, day of the week, journey purpose, as well as other criteria. . . .

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June 19, 2018

Introducing ‘Alteryx’ as a platform for Data Science

Alteryx: the Data Scientist’s multi-tool?

What is Alteryx, and why should I care?

This guest blog entry was inspired by Richard’s recent post in which he observed that “it is always important to keep an eye on the tools we use as data scientists and forever be on the lookout for new and better ways of doing things.” Just as Python is a superb ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for working . . .

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March 15, 2018

Keeping up to date with technical advances

Python versus Tableau for data visualisations

Python is great, but...

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Since taking up Python several years ago I've often thought of it as the Swiss Army Knife of programming languages. After successfully using it for webscraping, software development, number-crunching and data visualisation one achieves a certain level of comfort in knowing that, if you need to do . . .

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February 28, 2018

Review of the Data Visualisation Workshop with Andy Kirk.

The art of data storytelling

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Last month The Data Lab was very pleased to partner with data visualisation guru Andy Kirk on a one-day workshop at the G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh, as part of our mission to bring leading data experts to the Scottish community. My colleague Caterina Constantinescu and I were in attendance, along with around forty others . . .

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December 06, 2017