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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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Londoners Take the Bus Far More Often Than the Rest of England (Adjusted for Population)

Londoners Take the Bus Far More Often Than the Rest of England (Adjusted for Population)

The last post came in for some criticism on /r/rstats, in particular from /u/fang_xianfu, who argued it merely showed that London has more people than the rest of the country.

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How Taking the Bus Is A London Thing

How Taking the Bus Is A London Thing

In our previous two–part series we looked at the melt function from the reshape2 package. The creator of the package, Hadley Wickham, pointed me towards tidyr and the gather function as a better alternative instead.

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Review: DataCamp Introduction to R

Review: DataCamp Introduction to R

I took this free course as my first real introduction to the R programming language. I would highly recommend it for any beginner who wants a comprehensive overview of R.

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Melting Drugs Data: Part Two

Melting Drugs Data: Part Two

Before we begin: Hadley Wickham, the reshape2 package creator, pointed me in the direction of the tidyr package for melting data. I’ll take a look at it after this post. As promised from before, a look at @hadleywickham‘s reshape2 package […]

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Melting Drugs Data: Part One

Every year the Home Office, which is responsible for drugs policy, carries out an anonymous survey into use of illegal drugs in England and Wales.

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Is Unemployment Higher under Labour or the Conservatives?

Is Unemployment Higher under Labour or the Conservatives?

In the last post we discussed annotations on line plots. In this post, we are going to take it a step further and look at block annotations.

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The History of Strikes in Britain, Told Using Line Plots and Annotations

Strikes don’t really happen too much in Britain any more. A total of 170,000 working days were lost in Britain due to strikes and industrial action in 2015. That might sound like a lot, but it was actually the second […]

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How the North Has the Worst Mental Health in England

My colleagues and I at Trinity Mirror ranked mental health around England on Monday for World Mental Health Day. We aggregated four datasets – depression, contact with mental health services, the recovery rate from anxiety and depression and antidepressant prescriptions – […]

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