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Serendipity in a career in understanding foodborne illness with spatial data


Rachel Oldroyd, @r_oldroyd, UK Data Service Data Impact Fellow and Quantitative Human Geographer at the University of Leeds, shares her journey into the world of geographical data and developing a career in understanding foodborne illness with spatial data. “So, what do you do?” Albert Einstein once said “If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well...

Classification of Westminster Parliamentary constituencies using e-petition data


In a representative democracy it is important that politicians have knowledge of the desires, aspirations and concerns of their constituents. Opportunities to gauge these opinions are however limited and, in the era of novel data, thoughts turn to what alternative, secondary, data sources may be available to keep politicians informed about local concerns. One such source of data are signatories...

Kelvin Tsoi – LIDA Visit


I’m Kelvin Tsoi, a digital epidemiologist from the Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Centre, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am leading an interdisciplinary research team to apply Big Data techniques for healthcare research. I visited Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) and shared my recent research work on Artificial Intelligent Application...

Work Experience at LIDA – Alex Duley


I felt inspired to come to LIDA for my lower-sixth work experience placement, since I am intrigued by the use of data and to what extent it influences research and wider society. During the week, I have developed an understanding for how the data is analysed and, more practically, how it is put to use...

Predictive Data Analytics for Urban Footfall


Molly Asher (Leeds Institute for Data Analytics), Simon Brereton (Leeds City Council), and me have recently finished a project whose aim was to analyse footfall in Leeds city centre and build computer models (using machine-learning) that could estimate footfall given some external conditions (e.g. the weather, time of year, whether it was a holiday, etc.)....

Funding opportunity – ESRC Innovation Fund


The Consumer Data Research Centre is pleased to invite proposals from UK-based academics for projects that will capitalise on our core consumer data sets, extend our network of partners, and drive forward substantive and innovative social science research across a broad range of disciplines and research areas. We welcome proposals that would contribute to our existing CDRC...

Leeds Data Science Society wins Hiscox University Challenge


Congratulations to the Leeds Data Science Society who have been announced the winners of the Hiscox University Challenge. The University of Leeds team fought off stiff competition from York and LSE to secure the trophy and a prize of £1000 for their society. All of the teams were set two challenges – the first was...

Have the young returned to the polls?


“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there. Every vote counts. Educate yourself too. Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for, and stand by that.” Nikki Reed, American Actress One of the oft cited phenomena from the recent 2017 United Kingdom General election has been the rise in the participation by...

Many heart attack patients prescribed beta-blockers may not benefit


Marlous Hall, University of Leeds People who have had a heart attack are prescribed a number of drugs, often for life. Our latest research shows that one of those drugs – a beta-blocker – may offer no survival benefit to heart attack patients who do not have heart failure. This may not seem important, but...

Fellowship awarded to Marlous


Dr Marlous Hall, Senior Epidemiologist in LICAMM and LIDA, has been successfully awarded a personal fellowship by the Wellcome Trust to research cardiovascular survivorship and co-morbidity using national electronic health record data. The award will allow her to research cardiovascular survivorship and co-morbidity on a national scale using some very large scale electronic health record...