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Let’s Run Science! Part iota;

James Uther wrote “In our last jaunt, we had a look at code that take all the various measurements of temperature that have been taken over the last few hundred years, and pull them together into something we can usefully run stats on. The headline finding of all this is that on average, the planet has warmed over…”

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Lunchtime hack: Let’s run Science!

James Uther wrote “Possibly part 1. Who else likes visiting science museums? All those old apparatus – bits of the radio telescope that first saw pulsars, longitude prize clocks, jury-rigged ingenious devices that captured the first glimpse of something new and exciting. One day the LHC will be dismantled, carved up and shipped to museums around the world.…”

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Playing with Open NHS data, and a rant

James Uther wrote “Open Data ™ is being pushed quite heavily by the powers that be, which is mostly a good thing because It’s useful information that I want to use, and I’ve already paid taxes for it. Also, this is a democracy dammit. Can Haz Sunlight!. The NHS is part of this. For most of this post…”

Settling in for election night

Paul Crowley wrote “I had hoped Nate Silver was going to announce explicitly that this was his final pre-election prediction, but less than three and a half hours to go before the first polls close, I think there’s not much time to make another one. I’ve updated the battleground chart with his predictions, and I’ll update it as…”

2012 Obama v Romney election battleground

Paul Crowley wrote “It’s that time again! Here’s a new version, updated for 2012 of my battleground election graphics. Projections are taken, of course, from Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight blog at the New York times. I’ve fixed it to handle the fact that states are simply “called” on election night, with no estimate of the margin of…”

Final electoral chart now online

Paul Crowley wrote “I’d anticipated making this post within days of the election, but while the winner was known as soon as they called California, the result in Missouri has only been called in the last couple of days following a tight recount. In the end the state went to John McCain, a blow to the pride of…”

Who’s winning on election night?

Paul Crowley wrote “I find the maps and charts that the TV networks provide nearly useless for understanding the state of play during an election night, so I’ve taken to designing my own diagrams. For tomorrow’s Presidential elections, I’ve turned the projections on into a graph which illustrates the likely outcome of the election and the paths…” and that S-shape

Paul Crowley wrote “In my last post about this I observed an S-shape in the results of the polling data, and speculated that it might show psychological bias on the part of the Intraders. I’m not so sure now. This graph shows all polls in the last 30 days; recent polls are dark colours and older ones lighter,…”

Polling vs

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Last word on Clinton v Obama: I think it’s illusory

Paul Crowley wrote “Clinton will probably drop out of the race in the next few days, so let’s give the diagram showing both of them one last airing. This looks at a month’s worth of polling data to give a picture of how their relative chance of victory has changed over time – it’s an animated GIF, so…”

Does Clinton beat Obama?

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Monte Carlo model for Presidential elections

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Visualising Clinton v Obama

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Paul’s Pictorial Parliament Predictor

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The right placement

Paul Crowley wrote “I wrote a short script to display the results of the 2004 US presidential elections as a bar chart, shown below (click for full-size image, which will make more sense): The width of each state indicates the number of electoral college votes it has; the height the extent to which votes for one party exceeded votes for the other. The script is in Python and uses Cairo for drawing. The most challenging part of writing the script was...”