Adam’s Analytics Adventure: Week 4
Gosh, fourth week already? I’ve been here nearly a month – not only am I graduating on Monday, I’ll also be receiving my first paycheque! Doesn’t time fly? Anyway, another quick one this week, as I’ve eaten up some of my blogging time doing *gasp* actual work, and we’re finishing slightly early today, so let’s goooooo…
Week of code
Fortunately, there’s a package for everyone’s favourite free software cross-platform statistical programming language that allows you to retrieve data with only a little fuss and bother (it took me all of Wednesday to get the damn thing working, but I got it sorted in the end). I haven’t done anything with R since I used it for a bit of a coursework at the beginning of the year (for which I got 88%, so I’m basically an expert) and most of the challenge was working out how to import the data (the code provided by the package people was not completely clear) which is not where most of my R skills lie, having always been given nice, clean, well-formatted .csv’s for ease of importing at uni.
Once I had the data, however, it was all good. Sadly, I didn’t get to do any of the interesting analysis/visualisation stuff, as the client just wanted it to compare with some internal numbers – however, knowing now how to get the data in, that stuff should be no problem when we do want to do something fun and interesting with a large data set. It’s nice, as always, to be able to make use of some of that stuff I spent the last three years learning. I’m also interested to look into the use of PHP and fast Fourier transforms (yeah, I’m interested in looking at Fourier transforms. I didn’t even say that when I doing my degree) outlined by friend of Measurelab Jason Bailey over here, but that’s something for another week.
Tuesday and Thursday I had one ‘Livanto’ (my preferred Nespresso™ pod style so far), but today I not only ventured into the slightly odd territory of ‘Ciocattino’ and ‘Vanillo’ (Livanto but flavoured with chocolate and vanilla, respectively) I had two cups of coffee.
My habit is developing, and my mean heart rate, no doubt, is slowly increasing. Over and out