Welcome to Drunks and Lampposts, our new statistics and data related blog.
We’re both big fans of the world wide web as a fantastic learning and doing resource: it has never been easy to learn the theory behind a new technique, but then also be able to implement that with your own data and answer your own questions.
Over the next few months, we’ve got some interesting topics lined up, including a series of tutorials about getting set up with cloud computing and how to use various open source and/or free tools to perform interesting analyses based on freely available data. Yes… we’re very cheap.
We’ll try and do a mixture of topical posts along with some regular series and other things that we haven’t thought of yet.
And why “Drunks and Lampposts”? From a quote that we like, which is quite a good summary of what a lot of statistics tend to be used for:
“Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost—for support, not illumination”
We hope to give you a bit more of the illumination.
Any feedback is gratefully received, in the comments, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or even on twitter @drunkslampposts .
Mark and Simon