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Book Recommendations from Beyond the Grave: A Mahout Example

In H P Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward the villainous Curwen, having taken possession of the body of Charles Dexter Ward, uses a combination of chemistry and black magic to bring back from the dead the wisest people who have ever lived. He then tortures them for their secrets. Resurrection of the dead … Continue reading

Lazy D3 on some astronomical data

I can’t claim to be anything near an expert on D3 (a JavaScript library for data visualisation) but being both greedy and lazy I wondered if I could get some nice results with minimum effort. In any case the hardest thing about D3 for a novice to the world of web design seems to be … Continue reading

Graphing the history of philosophy

If you are interested in this data set you might like my latest post where I use it to make book recommendations. This one came about because I was searching for a data set on horror films (don’t ask) and ended up with one describing the links between philosophers. To cut a long story very … Continue reading

The changing face of “Analysis”

Here’s something I started to write a few months ago, but never got around to finish it off. Neil Charles over at Wallpapering Fog has just written an excellent post about the growing importance of R and Tableau to the modern day analyst. Although not as old in the tooth as Neil (sorry Neil), even … Continue reading

Google Refine: One of The Best Tools You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Lots of data that’s available online tends to not be the cleanest thing in the world, particularly if you’ve had to scrape it in the first place. At the same time, lots of internal data sets can be just as messy, with columns having different names in what should be identical spreadsheet templates, or with … Continue reading

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