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The Longform Manifesto

September 26, 2014
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The Longform Manifesto

Sometimes a title for a blog posts suggests itself to me which seems so self contained that it takes real effort to actual write the post ('Machine Intelligence, not Machine Learning is the Next Big Thing' is another in this...

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Scottish Independence : Bing Predicts ‘No’

September 18, 2014
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Scottish Independence : Bing Predicts ‘No’

Bing's prediction team has a feature live on the site right now that predicts Scotland will not become an independant nation as a result of today's referendum.

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Bing hearts World Cup 2014, Google – not so much

July 12, 2014
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Bing hearts World Cup 2014, Google – not so much

While Google has been doing a great job of their front page animations (today's is very nice, illustrating how Brazil and The Netherlands are on their way to Russia for 2018), Bing appears to be far more attentive to actually...

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GrubHub’s Phasmid Websites

May 4, 2014
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GrubHub’s Phasmid Websites

The rationale behind mining business data directly from the business's own website is that the business has a clear economic motivation to ensure that the data is up to date. If you own a restaurant that changes location, and your...

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Hopper – new in the travel space

January 19, 2014
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Hopper – new in the travel space

Briefly - Hopper is something new in the travel / local space. In their own words: What if you could plan an amazing trip based on a vague idea — like “spring surfing in California” or “Mediterranean cruise”? What if...

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FitBit: A great product with an even better website

December 29, 2013
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FitBit: A great product with an even better website

Briefly - Wakako gave me (actually us) a FitBit for Christmas. This is a great product if you are (like me) motivated by data to take action. While I appreciate the device design (small but functional), I really like the...

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Review: Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

December 29, 2013
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Review: Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

Information is Beautiful is a thought provoking labour of love by one of the first true data journalists, David McCandless. It is a simply structured collection of graphical interpretations of a variety of interesting statistics, factoids and opinions. It is...

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Knoema – Yet Another Data Engine

December 27, 2013
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Knoema – Yet Another Data Engine

Knoema is another data engine (it's probably time for some sort of bake-off evaluation among these services). In their own words and pictures:

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Quandl the Data Engine

December 25, 2013
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Quandl the Data Engine

A while back, I wrote for some time on this blog about 'data engines' - search engines dedicated to online (statistical) data sets. These included BuzzData (now closed, transmogrified into LookBookHQ) datacollective.org Timetric Socrata Google Correlate Zanran DataMarket EidoSearch and...

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The Border of Search

December 2, 2013
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The Border of Search

The original proposition of a web search engine was to help you find the answer to your information need in a page or site on the web: if someone has already solved your problem, let us help you find their...

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