— Jim Al-Khalili (@jimalkhalili) June 24, 2014
If you compare the number of times a qualifying team is mentioned in #WorldCup-tagged tweets with that team’s odds at the bookies, it becomes clear that Twitterers are nothing but a community of shameless glory supporters.
This evening saw the Netherlands face Spain for their first match in the group stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. 604 score predictions were made on Twitter in the hour before kick-off. When the final whistle blew, 100% of them had missed the mark.
The Twittersphere overwhelmingly tipped a 2—1 victory to Spain, the reigning world champions. A bit of a shame, then, that the Netherlands trounced them 5—1. Maybe the animal pundits will do better.
As part of my first foray into data science, I decided to have a go at opinion mining on Twitter. It’s common knowledge that everything stops for tea, but how much does the Twittersphere agree? And what else are microbloggers saying about the drink? Continue reading
What does a mathematician do when they aren’t lecturing students? What kind of questions are they thinking about? What inspired them to study their subject and what do they do when they get stuck on a problem? What are the big questions facing mathematicians today?
Contours magazine is a student publication produced by the University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics, featuring interviews with maths lecturers. I was editor and graphic designer for the 2013–14 edition. Click here to read it on Issuu, or pick up a hard copy from King’s Buildings campus.
Where is a student’s tea distributed? Probably in a teapot.
Thus the Student’s t-distribution teapot is born. Warmly emblazoned across the outside is the probability density function of Student’s t-distribution, in case you need to estimate the mean of a normally distributed population and pour a cup of tea at the same time.
Lovingly designed for students and academics who take their probability and statistics as seriously as they take a proper brew. You can get one for yourself from Zazzle.