Plastic litter in the UK – any solutions?

Empty plastic bottles on the streets and plastic litter debris in the wider environment are an unfortunate persistent problem of our days. While much is done in the UK to tackle plastic litter through household waste collection and recycling, and special waste collection programmes for businesses, plastic litter is still an issue. In the UK,…

The Rise of Telemedicine

In a previous blog we discussed the pros and cons of remote working.[1] But what about being on the receiving end of a remote service, such as healthcare? Telemedicine is the remote provision of healthcare services using information and communication technologies such as telephone and video, diagnostic and monitoring equipment, and even robotics. It is…

Should We Change the Name of the Field of Statistics to “Data Science”?

Most fields of science have names that are neutral, being merely names. For example, the names “physics” and “biology” are neutral names for two large fields of science. In contrast, the name “statistics” is ambiguous. And, arguably, the ambiguity generates a negative perception of the field. So it is sensible to consider changing the name. The name “statistics” is ambiguous…

Does it still pay to be green on Britain’s roads?

What’s changed? On April 1st 2017, the UK government introduced changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). VED has undergone several evolutions in recent years. In 2001, VED was reformed to reflect CO2 emissions rates per kilometre, with 13 bands of increasing CO2 emissions incurring increasing VED costs. The scheme was further reformed in 2013, to…

E-commerce Parcel Delivery: Problems and Possible Solutions

Online shopping and parcel delivery The quality of parcel delivery has become extremely important as more and more people shop online. In the UK, 3 in every 4 adults made an online purchase in 2016, receiving in total over 1 billion parcels. By 2018, the e-commerce market is expected to grow by about one third,…

Working from home

The overall number of people working from home in the UK has been increasing in the past years reaching 13.9% of all people in work – a record number since comparable records began in 1998.[1] There are sectors – such as agriculture or construction – which by their very nature are located outside an office,…

Data Scientist, Data Miner, Statistician or all of the above?

It was not so long ago that Steve Lohr quoted economist Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google at the time, as saying  “ that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” Lohr spoke of a “new breed of statisticians (…) that use powerful computers and sophisticated mathematical models to hunt for…

When story-telling is censorship: How independent is your research?

“Into the woods you have to grope, but that’s the way you learn to cope. “Into the woods to find there’s hope of getting through the journey.” So sing the Baker, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of the beanstalk fame) in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Sondheim himself was caught up in a…

The job description-reality gap

We left our heroes, Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak, trying to get a good price for their sheep at careers fair. This week’s analogy is another market, the oriental bazaar stall that is the job description. You can browse without any commitment and see if something takes your fancy, though you may be hassled by…

Conference utility-maximisation

This next slide shows the two research questions I sought to answer in my PhD. Students scored on average 4.26, which is between 4 and 5. What’s really interesting about this chart is that… I have copies of the full report here if anyone would like one. No? Please take one! I don’t want to…

Master’s Degree in Data Science

Pioneer schools venturing into graduate and undergraduate data science degrees or modifying existing statistics curricula are setting the trends on what a company may require and that effort will end up making the job descriptions clearer.  And they are doing so at high speed. Graduate programs started mushrooming after Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil…

So You Want to Be a Data Scientist?

Okay, I admit it: I read Secret. One post that literally made me laugh out loud recently said, “A data scientist is a data analyst who lives in Silicon Valley.” (The others are unprintable; sorry). That comment gets to the heart of the confusion surrounding big data and data science, And it is a strong…

Rise of the Data Scientist

In the movie The Matrix, Tank is the skilled operator who stays in the ship , staring at the console all day and guiding Neo and the crew safely through the virtual world of the matrix: entry points, exit paths, dangers, and risks. While we see green binary trails, he sees the answers and insights.…

Self Evaluation – Making the Right Decision to Becoming a Data Scientist

Self Evaluation – Making the Right Decision to Be a Data Scientist The Data Scientist, Data Manager, Statistician and Data Analyst are the most popular career paths. Now, top universities have introduced courses in Data Science, due to the popularity of jobs in this field. People are drawn to the data scientist profession without analysing…

The Prerequisites of Your Career as a Data Scientist

The Prerequisites of Your Career as a Data Scientist Deciding on a particular career in data science is a potentially complex one, involving an in depth analysis of personality type, characteristics, and behaviours. It is wise to explore and understand the differences between professions as they also fall into many varied categories and diverse fields. This…

Essentials to Move Forward with Career Trajectory of Data Scientist

Data Science is a growing industry and various organizations are looking to recruit experienced individuals from around the world. Data science is an emerging field and there are many branches of it, producing different job titles. Some of the job titles include Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Statisticians and Data Architects. However, many of the job…

Data Scientists Join the Revolution

Data science lies at the heart of studies as diverse as computer systems to psychological studies. From studying trends to understanding the human mind; data science is on the cutting edge of science. It drives quantitative research, and also adds to the findings and archives of qualitative research. In the field of Literature and Media…

Qualification in Big Data – The Cornerstone of Industry and Business

If you’re looking at data science careers, then it is necessary to find a qualification which is going to provide you with the skills and attitudes essential to a career in information management. It is also important to focus on the particular industry in which you wish to explore your interest in Data Science. Also,…