Everybody loves a good map. Even if you don’t have any reason to make one, your boss will love it when you do, so check this out and get yourself a pay rise (possibly).
First, this set of diagrams via ONS Geographies on Twitter, showing how the different terminologies of UK administrative geography overlap and nest. It looks horrible, like it was made by NSA staffers after their PowerPoint refresher day, but it does the trick, and I haven’t seen this pulled together in one simple way like this before.
Second, this nice presentation from the most recent LondonR meeting, by Simon Hailstone. He shows the value of proper mapping tools inside R with some real-life ambulance service data. Croydon, Romford, Kingston, West End, OK. Heathrow Airport is a bit of a surprise.
Filed under R, Visualization
HQIP held a most enjoyable seminar recently on presenting healthcare quality data to clinicians and the public. It’s all now online on YouTube and I recommend it to anyone working in this field.
It took them hours to do my make-up but it was worth it.
Really, I’d now like to reverse the order of topics in my talk (and a nother version of it popped up at Hertfordshire University Business School), starting with interactivity and trends, then going into chart design and perception a bit more. Stats could appear at the end if there’s time, along with software, if there’s time. I’ve also decided to ditch the silly pictures and have concrete examples, good and bad, at every stage. We live and learn (mostly).
A brief and important submission to HEFCE from Sir David Spiegelhalter. If you need a really brief version:
- Indicators indicate, they do not measure what you really want to know, like the quality of someone’s work. What do you mean you haven’t written a definition of quality for me yet?
- As the indicators get simpler (or are simplified into one mega-index or league table), they become all the more amenable to gaming and create more perverse incentives.
Or as I have not yet tired of saying, statistics is no substitute for thinking.
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Use Stata? Want to make an interactive online map with markers at various locations, colored according to some characteristic, with pop-up information when they’re clicked on? Easy. Head over to my website and download stata2leaflet. It’s in a kind of alpha testing version, so what I really want are your suggestions on making it even better. You’ll see my plans for v0.2 there too.
You have data like this:
You type this:
stata2leaflet mlat mlong mlab, mcolorvar(mcol) replace nocomments ///
title("Here's my new map") ///
caption("Here's some more details")
A file appears which looks like this inside:
And opens in your browser like this (static version because of WordPress.com restrictions – clickety click for the real McCoy):
Get along to this, it’s sure to be good. Why the government selling your data is not the same thing as the government creating open data for the public good.
The April 2014 issue of Significance, which has just dropped into my pigeon hole, has an excellent editorial summary of what’s been going on with the National Health Services’s care.data proposals to bundle up health data and share it, perhaps with researchers, perhaps with commercial enterprises. If you can only read one thing about care.data, make it this one. All the different aspects are together in one place.
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