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Extending S3 print methods in R – a quick demo

If you print things in R it probably hasn’t escaped your attention that print() is capable playing many roles. > print(“some text”) [1] “some text” > print(my_data_frame) a b c 1 1 red   a 2 2 blue bcb 3 3… Continue Reading →

The maths of the Sausage Sandwich Game

Danny Baker’s Sausage Sandwich game is often a great radio platform for exercising your statistical intuition in real-time. If you know it, Danny asks as celebrity sportsperson three fairly trivial questions about fairly inconsequential aspects of their day-to-day lives, and… Continue Reading →

Ray tracing with R (part 2…)

A continuation on my journey to learn R

Ray tracing with R (part one!)

My take on the “hello world” exercise in R…

Graphic Design homework – week 1

So I’ve enrolled in an evening class, called Graphic Design Essentials. They give us homework and everything! What’s that all about? Anyway, week one was to create an “identity” – to find a brand and design it. As part of… Continue Reading →

I fixed your chart for you…

Reimagining The Independent’s Brexit voter survey for them.

Avoid exercise to lose weight and run faster

A look at my personal exercise and weight data for 2017 – according to the online services from Strava and Garmin

English football – average positions

Plotting the average league position of every team in English league football for the last 25 years

52% of Pie Charts

Polls with a 52% versus 48% split seem to be cropping up rather a lot lately. Here’s an array of pie charts containing 52% statistics


Today is BBC Sports Personality of the Year day – so what better time is there to produce a chart which’ll be out of date by the end of the day…

Something fishy

Charting salmon and sea trout data at the Environment Agency fish counter at Riding Mill, River Tyne. Because fish…

Mundane Monday: A chart called “Dave”

The first of a semi-regular feature where I look for an “interesting” dataset from the narrowest and least interesting source. What can possibly go wrong..?

Charting the prevalence of dinosaurs in Mark Twain literature

Are there really dinosaurs in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Eastenders episodes as word clouds

It could catch on…

Building the Neil Warnock-agram

Neil Warnock in chart form

Learning Tableau

History of Ashes series

Hello world!

Pie chart of office cake unpopularity

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