The plots thicken

Every story needs a good plot

Every story needs a good plot

One could think of data science as “art, grounded in facts”. It tells a story through visualisation. Both story and visualisation rely on a good plot. And an abundance of those has evolved over time. Many have their own dedicated Wikipedia page!

Which generate the most interest? How is the interest in each trending over time? Try this app to find out. Continue reading “The plots thicken”

The “cluster of six”

Unsupervised machine learning

Unsupervised machine learning

Hansard reports what’s said in the UK Parliament, sets out details of divisions, and records decisions taken during a sitting. The hansard R package provides functions to import its data.

Using the Hansard API (Application Programming Interface), we’ll apply unsupervised machine learning to analyze the voting patterns of 219 Labour Members of Parliament (MPs). We’ll consider all divisions (results of the votes) in the UK House of Commons since the 2017 general election. Continue reading “The “cluster of six””

SW10 digs deep

SW10 digs deep

Responding to a weak property market

In December I looked at how recent events have shaped the property market in London SW10. If short-distance moves are off the table in the current climate, how are property owners responding? When sales are weak, are planning applications in the ascendency? I applied data science techniques to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) planning data to find out.

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House sales in London SW10 take a few punches

London SW10 Housing Market

The anatomy of SW10

Analyses of house sales often focus on the wider UK market. In this blog, we’ll take a deep dive into one of London’s more-than 100 postcode districts. We’ll draw on 10,000 property transactions to see how key events have shaped the market. The object of our focus will be SW10 which forms part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

We’ll start with the anatomy of SW10 per the chart below. Over 80% of property transactions were for leasehold flats / maisonettes.  In contrast, detached freehold properties are a prized scarcity: Only 40 of the circa 10k transactions, over the past 20 years, were for detached properties. Continue reading “House sales in London SW10 take a few punches”

The key to unlocking services on G-Cloud

G-Cloud Keywords

The importance of keyword-rich descriptions

There are nearly 20,000 services on G-Cloud. Suppliers have strewn their services with G-Cloud keywords designed to grab the attention of buyers. So what should buyers search for, and how does that vary by cloud service category?

Only selected parts of the suppliers’ content are indexed for searching: The service title, a 50-word summary, and bulleted features and benefits. So suppliers must cram in thoughtful keyword-rich phrases to optimise their chances of success.

In this blog, I want to compare and contrast the most frequent keywords used by suppliers. I’ve selected four categories from the Cloud Hosting lot for this purpose: Continue reading “The key to unlocking services on G-Cloud”

Could G-Cloud pricing be simplified?

Pricing on G-Cloud

Background to G-Cloud pricing

The Digital Marketplace is helping those transforming public services by making it simpler, clearer and faster for them to buy what they need. G-Cloud focuses on cloud-based services. Since its launch in 2012, it has evolved through multiple iterations, with the current version being G-Cloud 9.

So, the introduction of a set of categories in G-Cloud 9 provided a natural step forward.  These offered a level of granularity below the three lots of Cloud Hosting, Software and Support. As a result, buyers are able to find and compare groups of suitable products more easily.

Yet there is plenty of opportunity to further simplify the buyer’s task in future G-Cloud iterations. For example, around price comparison. Continue reading “Could G-Cloud pricing be simplified?”

Does G-Cloud 9 provide too much choice?

Buyer Choice on G-Cloud

The risk of choice overload

In his book The Paradox of Choice, American psychologist and professor of social theory Barry Schwartz argued that choice overload can, in the long run, lead to decision-making paralysis.

The launch of the G-Cloud framework opened up the market to SMEs via the Digital Marketplace.  And with successive iterations of G-Cloud came lots of choice.

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Is the Government realising its ambition for SMEs on G-Cloud?

SMEs on G-Cloud

G-Cloud and the ambition for SMEs

Rewind to 2011, and the Cabinet Office articulated, in its Government ICT Strategy, an intent to “streamline the procurement process to break down the barriers that impede SMEs from bidding for contracts”.  They could thereby create a fairer and more competitive marketplace. Continue reading “Is the Government realising its ambition for SMEs on G-Cloud?”