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High Cost Users of the NHS – code available

In the interests of transparency and the sharing of work, the code for my recent project with The Health Foundation is now available on GitHub: https://github.com/HFAnalyticsLab/High_cost_users Most of the...

Evaluation of integrated care in Tower Hamlets

Recently, my research on integrated care in Tower Hamlets with The Health Foundation was published in BMJ Open. The results are summarised in the diagram (you can click on the image to...
Table of UK MEPs by BME status

BME representation amongst the new UK MEPs

Click on the image to make it bigger. As with my previous post looking into gender equality amongst the new set of UK MEPs, I thought it might be...
Table showing UK MEPs by sex and party

Gender equality in the new UK MEPs

Click the image to make it bigger. There has often been discussion of the problem of gender equality in the halls of power, both in Westminster and in the EU. Political parties increasingly put in...
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Brexit: a slow-motion wrecking ball

I last posted on this topic just before the referendum (you can read that post here). Since then, the 'leave' result has been enacted by Parliament - triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty...

On the EU referendum debate

On 23rd June, the British people will vote in a historic referendum on whether they want the UK to remain a part of the European Union (EU) or leave it. As the referendum approaches,...

Open source software for data scientists

If your organisation doesn't buy it for you, analytical software can be very expensive. One way to get around this is to use open source software. This post provides an overview of the benefits...

Correct interpretation of a p-value in a simple null-hypothesis t-test

One of the central tools used in statistical analysis is hypothesis testing using 'p-values'. For the purposes of this post, we are going to use a simple 't-test' of the difference in means between...

The problem(s) with public sector IT

This post discusses the frequently poor IT provision and projects which seem to dog the public sector. Some tentative explanations are offered as to why these failures might keep happening, and some suggestions are...

Basic considerations of probability sampling

This post provides a quick summary of some important things to consider when taking and studying a sample from a population. In order to provide reliable estimates (inferences) relating to the population, the sample...