Internal Migration, Part I: Hexagonal maps of movement of people

Internal Migration, Part I: Hexagonal maps of movement of people

The Office for National Statistics published some of its most interesting data last week – internal migration. This is the movement of people within the UK of people who are already here, not counting people immigrating or emigrating from abroad. […]

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Practice with For Loops: Calculating Mean Ages

Practice with For Loops: Calculating Mean Ages

  At work I’ve been working on a project called Find My Seat, which is now live. You type in your postcode and it presents you with lots of useful data about the economy, healthcare, immigration and Brexit in your […]

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Using R to make Freedom of Information requests

Using R to make Freedom of Information requests

Like other departments the Ministry of Justice publishes spending data worth more than £25,000. It does this both for itself and for its executive agencies like the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) which runs the prison system. It does this […]

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Cyclists Involved in Accidents Undertaking

Cyclists Involved in Accidents Undertaking

Last week I wrote some stories about cyclists involved in accidents while undertaking. The stories generated a LOT of comment and debate – both far more and far more negative than I was expecting. I’ll address that in a moment, but first, here’s […]

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Overcrowding in prison

Overcrowding in prison

It’s been a rocky few months for the prison system in England and Wales. In December there was a riot at HMP Birmingham that lasted around 12 hours. Authorities had to send in Tornado teams to restore order. The bill for […]

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Where Does Your Team Rank in the Boxing Day League table?

Where Does Your Team Rank in the Boxing Day League table?

Boxing Day is the most wonderful time of year for football fans. In Britain we have a traditional busy calendar of fixtures the day after Christmas. Television dictates that the matches no longer all kick off at 3pm on 26th December […]

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How Will Barack Obama Go Down in the Rankings of US Presidents?

How Will Barack Obama Go Down in the Rankings of US Presidents?

Americans are voting today to choose their 45th president. Come January, Barack Obama will leave the White House after eight years as President of the United States. So how will he be remembered? Historians are already trying to place Obama in the […]

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Andy Murray’s Long Road to the Top

Andy Murray’s Long Road to the Top

Andy Murray was crowned as the world number one in men’s tennis for the first time today. The two-time Wimbledon champion has long been out on his own as Britain’s best male tennis player and now he’s managed to overhaul […]

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How Much Money Has My Young Person’s Railcard Saved Me?

How Much Money Has My Young Person’s Railcard Saved Me?

In a few months time I will be turning 27 years old. This means that my 16-25 railcard, commonly known in Britain as a Young Person’s Railcard, won’t be valid any more. But you’re 26? I bought my railcard a […]

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Dodgy Road Signs, Traffic Lights and Markings: Part Two

Dodgy Road Signs, Traffic Lights and Markings: Part Two

At the end of the last post, we had our data in a file named defective. The data contains all the injuries caused by car accidents where a road sign, signal or marking was obscured or not working properly from 2010 […]

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