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Analysing Food Hygiene Rating Scores in R: a guide

In this guest blog for UKDS Rachel Oldroyd, CDRC PhD Student and one of the UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows, takes a step-by-step approach to using R and RStudio to analyse Food Hygiene Rating Scores....

LIDA Seminar, Maps of time: Seeing population data as structures, not slices

With any LIDA seminar there is lots to take away from the session that is thought provoking. If you attended the most recent seminar in the LIDA series, concerned with data visualization and, in particular, novel ways in which population data can be mapped as structures, you were in for an interesting afternoon of reflecting...

Maps as Statistics? A call to Adventure for Perception Research in (geo)visualization (LIDA Seminar)

Dr Roger Beecham, in his talk, “Maps as Statistics? A call to Adventure for Perception Research in (geo)visualization”, argued that line-up tests ("the Visual Line-up Method" first proposed by Wickham et al. in 2010) remove some of the potential pitfalls when trying to make inferences from graphics. Line-up...

Maps of time: Seeing population data as structures, not slices (LIDA Seminar)

The keynote speaker for the seminar, Dr Jonathan Minton's main substantive areas of interest are in demography and public health, and his methodological interests are in promoting good data science practices in quantitative research, and in complex exploratory data visualization. Thus, his examples of mapping population data...

LIDA researchers contribute to National Infrastructure Assessment

  Nik Lomax and Andrew Smith have provided evidence to the National Infrastructure Assessment, published on the 10th July 2018. They developed a baseline projection for population and employment in UK cities and undertook sensitivity testing of...

Mapping Consumer Vulnerability

  The Consumer Data Research Centre's Map of the Month for July 2018 is a map of Consumer Vulnerability, showing a geodemographic classification developed by LIDA Intern Michael Adcock. Some consumers are more vulnerable to marketing practices due to their personal traits such...

A Year of Data Science in retrospect- Leeds Data Science Society

  As another academic year comes to a close, we take a look back at the events and activities of the last semester.  The 2nd semester kicked off with a careers event delivered by KPMG, to introduce members to the potential of a career in technology consulting. This was taken further later in March when KPMG...

Big data to redefine cardiovascular disease

  Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, and as part of my work in the cardiovascular epidemiology group we actively aim to address this global healthcare challenge through our research. Our research activities, based on large national healthcare data supported by advanced statistical...

Building simple smartphone apps workshop: Opinion from LIDA intern David Marshall

  I recently attended a 1-day course to learn how to build simple smartphone apps without coding, hosted by the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) in the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). The training was delivered...

Surgeon performance benefits from ‘warm-up’

    New research suggests that surgeons progressively 'warm-up' as they repeat a procedure on their operating list, the same way an athlete's performance improves as a competition goes on. The authors of the study recommend that surgeons re-order their operating lists, beginning with simpler procedures and then...