Patterns in cities

My previous post (a while ago now sorry – Christmas got in the way!) was about patterns in nature, but if you live in a city you can see patterns all around you too. Humans have taken inspiration from nature since the beginning of time: just as there’s geometry in nature with patterns in crystals, plants and skies, humans have also used geometric patterns to style their habitats throughout the ages…leading me to discuss the application of maths in another of my favourite topics: beauty in architecture & urban environments!

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GB’s Olympic formula: is medal success the ‘right’ goal for UK Sport investment?

Rio 2016 has seen Britain’s best medal haul in over a century: second in the world with 67 medals. Whilst the more cynical might attribute some of its success to the decline of other nations, it is generally acknowledged that UK Sport’s system of investment lies behind GB’s success. But is the magnificent medal haul the intended aim of these public funds? Currently sports such as basketball (one of the most popular sports amongst young people in the UK) receive no funding, whilst high-performing sports continue on a self-perpetuating virtuous cycle of more funding and even better performance.

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Visualisation in Business – Part 3

This follows on from Part 1 and Part 2 in this 3-part special on Visualisation in Business.

What types of chart best tell my data’s story?

The rule of thumb is to use the simplest chart to showcase your results. Far too many people try to jam their data into a funky type of chart for the sake of it, but if it doesn’t fit well with the data type, it just over-complicates the visual and can be hard to figure out for the uninitiated. That being said, many of the newer chart types (coming later in this article) are intuitive and don’t need any explanation to figure out, so if used in the right circumstance can be very effective and even fun!

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Visualisation in Business – Part 2

This follows on from Part 1 “What is visualisation?” in this 3-part special on Visualisation in Business.

How is visualisation used in business, what value does it bring?

Visualisation can save you time, elicit improved insights, bring your data to life, boil data down to its essence, and best of all, it puts data back in the hands of the decision-makers!

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Visualisation in Business – Part 1

So far most of my blogs have been on “just for fun” applications, largely because I can’t go into specifics on business applications due to their confidentiality. But it’s the business world that’s really driving acceleration in the field, so I will try to redress the balance here in describing (in suitably broad terms) how visualisation is helping businesses make better decisions. This is the first in a 3-part special to illustrate the topic: Part 1 “What is visualisation?”; Part 2 “How is visualisation used in real life to improve business decisions?”; and Part 3 “What new types of chart are there to tell my data’s story?”

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London transport’s overcrowding: what’s causing it & can we solve it with data?

As featured in CapGemini Business Analytics Blog

London’s transport overcrowding has become so pervasive that it has been cited as London’s #2 biggest issue – after the housing crisis, of course, but the two are heavily inter-related. It factored into every mayoral candidate’s manifesto in a big way, and impacts on each of us who calls this sprawling city home or travels through it.

In this article, I look into how bad the issue has become, assess some of its causes, and finally outline some ideas about what can be done to resolve it for the future.

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