Beauty in the Incas

As you might remember from my last blog, I’m currently travelling and hadn’t intended to post much on here along the way – but there’s just so much in the way of colourful geometric patterns here that I couldn’t resist! I’m in Cusco, typically known as the gateway to Machu Picchu – but also home itself to a lot of Incan history and temples. And their civilisation (like me!) seems to have loved geometric designs EVERYWHERE…

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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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Half-marathon network maps

I ran a half-marathon last weekend! It was tough but I think the great thing about running is that you can see so much improvement if you’re prepared to put in some good preparation (using data of course!) combined with a healthy dose of motivation. I felt that the race I entered was dominated by regular runners with very few casual participants (except for me!), so I was interested to investigate: is there a pattern to which races are selected by regulars, and is there a “circuit” that regular marathon-runners prefer? Continue reading “Half-marathon network maps”

Why do we need more market data in real estate?

Before getting onto the rationale behind publishing more market data, and having spent the first few years of my career building financial models based on such market data for banks & lenders, I thought I’d start by giving a brief introduction to modelling for those who are not familiar – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Continue reading “Why do we need more market data in real estate?”