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We now provide software development services

Having developed a significant body of software through developing our tools we are now offering software development services to other companies, and a few open-source libraries to help people generally. We specialise in complex, data driven web applications for analysing, mathematically modelling or visualising data, especially geospatial data. We also have experience of cloud computing and the security issues thereof….read more →

We are developing new geospatial modelling tools

As a result of our work in South Africa and growing interest in the UK, Selective Analytics is developing a new geospatial modelling tool called Spatial Modeller. This work combines a number of features we have recently developed into a web-based application. This is a large piece of work any will take many months, but we wanted to get some information out…read more →

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 →

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