I’m an NHS data analyst based in Inverness, Scotland.
I’m not a data scientist but my role involves writing code, statistics and data visualisation.
I began using R intermittently, and, over time, it has become integral to my workflow.
The ability to produce many plots, with just a few lines of code, has become crucial when I have hundreds of charts to produce each month.
I’ve also used R for:
I’m also interested in using R for time series (using forecast) and predictive analytics.
In addition to R, and driven by the large scale data requirements of my role, I’ve also developed skills in:
- Excel Dashboards / Advanced Excel
- VBA, including custom functions and manipulating other MS Office software from within Excel
- SQL, including complex T-SQL queries and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
- Exensive experience of using data for improvement, particularly Run Charts and Statistical Process Control
In addition to visualisation with R and Excel, I have also experience of:
- SQL Server Reporting Services
About this blog:
I can’t demonstrate my work publicly, so this is a forum for me to show some R work:
- Anything I produce for demonstration at our local R user group (InveRness RUG)
- Notes to myself on things I’ve learned (the hard way) at work
- Chart makeovers using R
- Exploring techniques and technology that I don’t currently use in my role
Most of the code I write will appear on my github as a gist or repository.
My code is pretty well commented, so I don’t go into too much depth in these posts.
Some posts will be related to things I am learning about for my own development, so they may not go into a lot of detail but I aim to update these as my learning increases.
Please check the session info on the code scipts for details of loaded packages and dependencies.
My R skills are not at the level of the awesome Hadley et al, at least, not yet.
It does bug me when I see an interesting blog post and find that the code does not work when you try to use it.
I am confident that if you run my code as is it will work.
I have taken the plunge into social media - it feels weird - but let’s see how it goes.
Most of these posts are written late at night/early in the morning as I try to fit in around the demands of family life.
At the moment I’m not posting as frequently as I would like but hope to get more content soon.
If you like what you read here, please let me know! It’s nice to get feedback :)
You’ll find my contact details at the bottom of the page and also @HighlandDataSci