Spatial ecological networks – where physics, ecology, geography and computational science meet

It’s part physics, part ecology, and part geography - and that’s probably why it is so much fun. Whenever I fly from city to city my favourite part of the trip is looking out of the window to see the patterns made in the landscapes. Most of the time, the patterns are carved out by … Continue reading Spatial ecological networks – where physics, ecology, geography and computational science meet

Full access to the Twitter API in Matlab via R

[Update: This page is no longer relevant. If you are here to interact with Twitter via the API using Matlab, then you want Twitty. The rest is here for posterity.] Having slowly degraded my ability to interact with proper operating systems and obscure programming languages (e.g. NSFW), I find it difficult to keep up with … Continue reading Full access to the Twitter API in Matlab via R

“Sipping from the fire hose” – sampling Twitter streams

A quick link for today showing a visualisation of Twitter showing a more practical explanation of a nation’s (presumably referring to the UK in the picture below) mood. I think it is interesting and beautiful.

Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

A new study published in the BMJ shows the prevalence of financial conflicts of interest in the panel members producing clinical guidelines. For consumers of healthcare delivery (that means everyone), I think it is valuable to know that doctors get their information from guidelines, and about half of the people developing those guidelines have financially-based … Continue reading Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

Australians’ views of our own health system

In a data briefing published in the last couple of days in the BMJ, there was an interesting graphic that indicated the public perception of the healthcare system. Although it isn’t particularly easy to find the source of the information in the Health Affairs cited by Appelby (an article with open access), the results are particularly … Continue reading Australians’ views of our own health system

The Framingham Study, fast food access, and BMI

In the American Journal of Epidemiology, a well-known set of authors that have published widely on the Framingham Study in the past have looked at BMI and proximity to fast food. I find it a bit of a reach to say that “contrary to much prior research, the authors did not find a consistent relation … Continue reading The Framingham Study, fast food access, and BMI