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Using Shiny for interactive displays of health data: The Scottish Burden of Diseases

The Accelerator programme run by The Data Lab between 19 April 2018 – 06 September 2018 was a Scottish Government collaborative project, open to employees of the Scottish Government, the Information Services Division, the National Records of Scotland and Registers of Scotland. Employees applying to take part had a background in statistics, economics, operational research and social

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Four tips for creating interactive visualisations with Shiny

I’ve recently presented a toy Shiny app at the Edinburgh Data Visualization Meetup to demonstrate how Shiny can be used to explore data interactively. In my code-assisted walkthrough, I began by discussing the data used: a set of records detailing customer purchases made on Black Friday (i.e., each customer was given a unique ID, which was repeated

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Announcing The Second Keynote of DataTech19: Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel

We have further updates on DataTech19, Scotland’s first technical data science conference! We are pleased to announce our second confirmed keynote speaker for DataTech19: Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel (Associate Professor of the Practice, Duke University, and Data Scientist + Professional Educator at RStudio). Mine’s work focuses on innovation in statistics and data science pedagogy, with an emphasis on computation, reproducible

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New Keynote Announcement for DataTech19: Debbie Bard, and Deadline Extension for Proposals

We are delighted to announce our complete list of keynote speakers for the upcoming DataTech19conference (organised by The Data Lab as part of DataFest), which now includes Debbie Bard, expert in machine learning at scale and data-intensive computing for experimental science, from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Following this essential update, we would like to take the

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Introducing Jared Lander, Keynote Speaker at DataTech19

Join us for DataTech19, Scotland’s first technical data science conference as part of DataFest The Data Lab is delighted to introduce a new event to the DataFest family: DataTech (14 March 2019, Edinburgh). This technical, one-day data science conference will cater to a diverse audience including analysts, developers, engineers and scientists from the public sector, academia and industry.

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Running R remotely: some options and tips

Why would you need to do this? Say, for instance, you are dealing with sensitive data that should not leave a specific system, or quite simply that you are away on a work retreat – but your laptop is far less powerful than your work desktop computer which you left behind – so you want

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Dealing with many dimensions in historical data: Tracking cooperation & conflict patterns over space and time in R

For this post, I’ve managed to find some extremely interesting historical event data offered by the Cline Center on this page. As you will see, this dataset can be quite challenging because of the sheer number of dimensions you could look at. With so many options, it becomes tricky to create visualisations with the ‘right’ level of granularity:

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