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Grouping Prime Ministers by Wikipedia links

The chart displays each Prime Minister, plotted against the reduced dimensions which display the most variance in their attributes. Grouping politicians can be a tricky problem for any kind of numerical analysis. Assessing their impact, background and personality lends itself to more naturally to qualitative over quantitative domains. Yet numerical analysis is needed to answer important […]

History suggests a 50% drop in Britain’s next Olympic medal haul.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Team GB won 65 medals – more than twice its average, and more they have ever won at any summer games outside of London. The last time Britain took more than 65 medals was during the 1908 London Olympics, where a total of 146 were awarded. This alone suggests that […]

The changing relationship of wage inequality, growth and public spending

Since the 2007 financial crisis the general narrative given by politicians and key economic variables is that of an country that is unequal, in intermittent recession with a government intent on cutting spending. Understanding how economic growth or public spending has contributed to changes in wage inequality can provide a good framework to argue for or against […]

“It’s (not) the economy, stupid”: How economic indicators swing pundits not American presidential elections

Today Obama will have the inauguration ceremony for his second term; overcoming what seemed to be the impossible ailment of a stagnant economy. In his election year unemployment stood at 8.1%, unseen in America since the end of the great depression; this was coupled with GDP rising at a rate that only Europe would envy […]

Alternate ways of displaying football results

First attempt at summarising and forecasting premier league results using interactive charts.

Recent Redbrick contributions

Aside from editorial, I have done a few things for the paper in terms of content since term started. Thought I would upload some of them here as well. Freshers Week Flyer This is what we distributed during Freshers week, and was the start of our ‘Join Redbrick’ campaign. As you can see, the flyer […]

98 hours of coverage

Two weeks ago the number of page views on Redbrick’s website jumped from receiving one pageview every 190 seconds to 2.2 pageviews a second. An increase of 42,100% in the space of an hour. Perhaps more surprising is that the hits were not just from local readers, the audience became more international. This post isn’t supposed to […]

How large is a £21,000 annual salary?

The change in the way that universities are financed in the UK is not a new topic, yet one thing I found frustrating was the lack of context around some of the figures. One particular figure was the wage at which you would have to start paying back student loans: an annual salary of £21,000. […]

University of Birmingham in numbers

This was something that I had originally intended for Redbrick but for various reasons it didn’t quite make it in. The idea was to give students a clearer sense of the size of the university in terms of population and spending as well as how the university is funded. If memory serves (I compiled this […]

Sources of University income for the last five years

This graph shows the change in the sources of income for the University over the last five academic years. The largest source of income is from grants from Funding Councils HEFCE and TDA. This, for the most part, represents the income from British tax income, which is due to fall as the coalition’s austerity measures […]