This naturally occurring data visualisation says a lot about the kind of week many of us have had…

naturally occurring data visualisation

…But we still travelled the world wide web to bring your the best data stories of the past 7 days.

The most influential people in data

Data IQ 100 - most influential people in data

Every year the DataIQ 100 profiles the most influential people in data-driven business. This year’s table of data high fliers is filled with some of the biggest, most important and most innovative companies and services in the UK. But, in 2018, could anyone have a greater influence than the person responsible for enforcing GDPR? Find out.

Mining Twitter emotions 

Mining Twitter emotions

As a society, we’re not alway known for our patience and understanding. And this past week’s given many of us more reason than usual to grumble – or delight. As usual, Twitter has been the platform to vent our emotions. This timely project from a University of Strathclyde student mines the emotions expressed by Twitter users all across Scotland. You can interact with the map to view different regions and play with the filters to see what emotions you uncover.

The data of waiting – should I stay or should I go?

The data of waiting - should I stay or should I go?

It’s dinner time, you’re hungry, and you know what happens when you get hungry… But when you get to your favourite restaurant there’s a queue. Do you stay, or do you go? The waiter says it’ll take 10 minutes… But will it really? This clever interactive simulation takes into account a whole load of data (from queue size to menu and size of your party) to see if you should wait, or head to the nearest McDonalds…

Can you opt out of the Smart City?

Can you opt out the smart city?

Smart cities – the utopian dream of town planners. But as the city becomes a forensic tool for recording its residents, a question looms: How might we opt out of the smart city? Is there such a thing as data privacy in the smart city? When body temperature is captured, when whispered conversations can be isolated by algorithms, or even when the unique imprint of a gait can reveal who’s just entered a room, does the modern city need a way to shield people, and their data, from ubiquitous capture? An interesting take on the smart city.

Preventing hospital deaths with AI

Preventing hospital deaths with AI

Artificial intelligence will try to predict when a patient is about to take a turn for the worse, even before they show outward signs of getting sick. 11 percent of all in-hospital deaths occur because someone misses or fails to act properly on warnings signs that a patient’s condition is declining. A new DeepMind project will analyze patterns from 700,000 anonymized medical records to identify which patients will get worse during a hospital stay and correctly predict the decline.

Charting train operator performance in the snow

Charting train operator performance in the snow

And finally, a last snowmageddon inspired choice. With passengers facing delays across the UK this week, we stumbled across this simple and clear visualisation of the performance of different train operators on a snow day in the UK. Simple but quite revealing. Travel safe, folks…

Posted in Big data, Media roundup On March 2, 2018 By