• Topic modelling No.10's speeches

    If you just want to play with pretty interactive things, scroll down and click on the image. Once you’ve finished, come back and humour me by reading the rest Computational text analysis is a rapidly growing field of research that promises to extract meaningful information from one of the most...


  • Educating undergraduates, a guide by Roger Blin-Stoyle

    Last Friday was my first day at Sussex University, and my first appointment was a 2 hour lecture on becoming an Associate Tutor. All postgraduate students in the school have the opportunity to become tutors, whose duties involve helping in workshops, laboratories, and with marking. However before getting stuck in...


  • Download D3 vis using SVG crowbar

    You can find D3 almost everywhere on the web now, and often you’ll want to grab a visualisation to use elsewhere. In particular, you may want to capture a particular state of an interactive visualisation after playing with some parameters. Since it’s not an image per se, you can’t just...


  • How to build a galaxy, #1

    In just two weeks I’ll begin my Ph.D., and after attending the STFC summer school program last week I’m now feeling very inspired and eager to start. In the run up I thought it would be quite fun (?) to write a few short posts on some of the work...


  • Tweets, Runs and the Minnesota Vikings

    A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I published a post on the Bank of England’s independent blog ‘Bank Underground’, which acts as a forum for staff to post novel views that don’t necessarily align with the Bank’s official line. The post describes a project undertaken in the run...


  • Creating dynamic UI components in Shiny

    I was recently trying to implement some dynamic functionality in Shiny. The aim was to have a set number of UI elements load depending on a numeric value entered by the user, and then use the data input in these elements later in the app. I found the following thread...


  • Finding a cash machine with the Google Places API

    Trying to find a free cash machine is one of the great challenges faced by Londoners, up there with getting a pint for less than £4 and renting a property close to the center without having to live on bread and water for the rest of the year. Unfortunately web...


  • PhD at UoS

    I’m incredibly proud to reveal that I’ll be starting a PhD at the University of Sussex this September. It’s something I was considering even before I finished my masters; I was fortunate enough to get sidetracked by a very rewarding and eye opening two years in the City, but I...