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  • How to rank the best of everything, using data

    Francine Bennett 3 Jan, 2017

    We’ve helped a number of clients to develop and deliver rankings - of healthy places, of “cosy” areas of the country, of corporate wellbeing, and of universities. Building a ranking sounds like an easy job, since the output is just a list. But building a ranking well and meaningfully is much harder than you’d think, because every individual on the list is keen to be in exactly the right place, or even higher up, and is going to pick apart every choice you made in the process.

  • Kixi Architectural Decisions

    22 Dec, 2016

    The Kixi platform is constructed around a design pattern known as Command Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS). This pattern is part of a hierarchy of designs that build upon one another and are generally used within a Micro-Services architecture.

  • Creating an Onyx and Kafka Application pt 1

    Jason Bell 8 Oct, 2016

    Over the past couple of months I’ve been using the Onyx Platform with Mastodon C an awful lot.

    So this short series I’m going to show you how to build a Onyx Kafka application that consumes a Kafka stream and kicks out the messages to the console. Nothing flashy but more a “here’s the concepts”.

  • Breaking down silos around demographic data and models - experience of a city’s local authorities

    Sunny Townsend 7 Oct, 2016

    Earlier this year we built a web-based interface for London’s local authorities (known as ‘boroughs’) to run their own population projections. Six months on we review their experience.

  • Jobs - Senior DevOps Engineer

    Bruce Durling 2 Oct, 2016

    This is a senior role, based either in our London office or at your remote location within the UK. The base salary for this role will be between £50-60k pa. We are happy to consider part-time or flexible working proposals.

  • Jobs - Delivery Manager

    Francine Bennett 23 Sep, 2016

    Very sadly, our fantastic Delivery Manager Elisabeth is moving away. However, this means that we have a very exciting vacancy!

  • Text Mining Defra

    Francine Bennett 3 Aug, 2016

    We did some interesting work a while ago with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, which tested the possibility of using text mining to highlight upcoming risks from incoming reports from the field.

    In this blog post, we’ll dig into some of the technical details of how to do this, and why it’s interesting. A longer case study of the project is here.

  • Better topic detection in text with LDA2VEC

    Elise Huard 3 Aug, 2016

    At Mastodon C we’re always keeping an eye out for new libraries or data science techniques which might help us make our models faster or smarter. We very often need to work with large collections of text documents for our clients - all sorts of very useful insights can be extracted from the unstructured material that gets collected all the time in reports, notes, emails, or support tickets, as long as we can figure out how to put it to work.

  • 33 boroughs, two babies and one city modelling platform

    Sunny Townsend 27 Jan, 2016

    We’ve been hard at work since our last update - in that time we’ve delivered our first release of Witan, and two babies! Our city modelling platform is now live and our first users in London have been given access this week.

  • Extracting Met Office weather data with Clojure

    Jason Bell 14 Dec, 2015

    Living in York for the majority of my life, I’ve got used to flooding. With the number of floods increasing, and the probability of that flood causing long lasting damage also increasing, it would be a good idea to start peeking at past data and seeing if there’s anything jumping out at us.

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