Archive for 2012

Beautiful data visualisation for all

There is a growing crop of beautiful and useful data visualisation tools. Many need programming skills, but quite a few don’t. While we at Selective Analytics write a lot of software we know other people don’t have the time of inclination to do that. We have therefore assembled a list of tools that the non-programmer can use, most of which…read more →

We are presenting at a conference in South Africa

We are pleased to announce that Selective Analytics will be presenting a paper at the at the ASLM2012 conference in Cape Town in first week of December. This is the first international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). ASLM’s mission is to advance laboratory medicine services needed to support preventive medicine, quality patient care and disease control…read more →

How to match names in Excel where spelling differ

Hi recently had to match two sets of data by names, where the names were similar but not quite the same. There were 3,500 of them so I needed to do it automatically. I managed to do a good job using Microsoft Excel and I thought others might benefit from hearing how I did it. For those of you that…read more →

Ten tips on using data visualisation to aid decision making

I recently gave a talk on using geospatial modelling & visualisation to aid decision making I introduced the idea that people don’t want ‘the answer’, but need ‘insights and options’. My premise is that the people making the final decision need to be involved in the process of making that decision. The challenge is that many senior decision makers are…read more →

Showing data on a map using postcodes

Someone has asked the best way to display information related to a postcode on a map. I thought I would blog this as it is a common issue I am asked about. There are a number of ways, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. However, in my opinion, the best (and cheapest, assuming you can abide with the Google…read more →

Useful tools for data analysis

I exhibited at the excellent seminar called ‘Advanced Analytics‘ organised by the OR society last Wednesday (25/4/12) and offered a free handout with some of the new tools, many of them free, for spatial visualisation and analysis. I hope this is useful to people. At the conference Liz Shepherd from Hotels.com said that no one tool if sufficient for data analysis….read more →

What is a Data Scientist?

I went to an excellent seminar called ‘Advanced Analytics‘ organised by the OR society.  Really excellent day (aside: Advanced Analytics = predictive analysis rather than historic data analysis). Lots I could talk about but I wanted to pick up something that Jonathan Baston from IBM talked about. He talked about the new term ‘Data Scientists’ for those who are analysing…read more →

New Web Site – work in progress

The new Selective Analytics Web Site is being created at the moment, so not everything is available yet. Please bear with us as we work on the content and presentation.