Using Data Science to Solve Social Science Problems

  How can data science be harnessed by social sector organisations to address key problems and unriddle overarching social questions?DataKind UK, an organisation that looks at how data can be used for social change and impact, recently held it’s Autumn DataDive, sponsored by SAGE Publishing, in order to help two not-for-profit organisations (WeFarm and OneWorld) solve their data problems. […]

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A Primer on p Hacking

  There is a replicability crisis in science – unidentified “false positives” are pervading even our top research journals. A false positive is a claim that an effect exists when in actuality it doesn’t. No one knows what proportion of published papers contain such incorrect or overstated results, but there are signs that the proportion […]

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Evelyn Ruppert: Social Consequences of Big Data Not Attended To

Last year The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog saw sociologist, consulant and SAGE author Mark Carrigan interview a number of methods luminaries on the nature of ‘big data’ and the opportunities and challenges presented for scholarship with its growing influence in a series they called the Philosophy of Data Science Series. In this second interview with […]

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What I Learned from Attending DataKind UK’s ‘DataDive’ Hackathon

A DataDive is a focused hacking weekend that works with a selected non-profit to help them improve their understanding of their own data. Significant effort goes into the preparation of the data before the event to make it as productive as possible. This event worked with the non-profits WeFarm and OneWorld. WeFarm operates a network that farmers in the developing […]

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Webinar: What is Open Database Connector (ODBC)? 16 November 2016, Online, 15.00-16.00

A database system normally consists of two parts – even though it is not always obvious to the end user: the database engine which deals with the storage and querying of the data some kind of user interface which allows the user to write queries and see the results However, not all database systems provide […]

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Webinar: Storing data in databases, 25 October 2016, Online, 15.00-16.00

Storing small amounts of data may be feasible in a spreadsheet whereas very large datasets may require a Big Data ecosystem. However, intermediate datasets (5-15 Gb size) can be stored in a desktop-based database system. There are many different, freely available database systems to choose from depending on your needs. The choice depends on how […]

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Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference 2016, 25 November 2016, London

The annual Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on 25 November. The event is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The user conference brings data producers and data users together to share updates on the development of the surveys and […]

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