EPL Week 35

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day WBA, Stoke and Southampton edge ever closer to the drop

What with hitting the woodwork three times the Watford v Palace 0-0 matchup saw some records forestalled. Watford’s run of scoring at home only equalled their bestof 12 and Palace were one shy of equalling their top sequence of scoring in 10 away games on the trot

David Silva It is fitting that on a day Manchester City celebrate the title, David Silva reaches the 150 assist mark (allowing for up to two assists per goal scored)


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EPL Week 34

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day Bit of a damp squib with Man. Utd. handing City the title but at least the, abot to become, Champions put in a better performance at Wembley to take some of the pain off the Liverpool trouncing in the Champion’s League

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Visualizing Networks

Armed with a free month of Data Camp, I have been taking a look at one or two areas I am pretty uninformed about, including Social Networks The course is run by fellow ex-pat and soccer/football enthusiast, James Curley. He is the author of the slightly- understated engsoccerdata package His course is concentrated around the igraph package but touches on others including visNetwork for which I found this blog post by Jesse Sandler, particularly useful

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EPL Week 33

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day City’s title celebrations put on ice as the Manchester derby provides 5 goals and 9 bookings whilst the Liverpool one cannot provide one of either

Rooney has only completed 5 of his 23 starts.


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EPL Week 32

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day Although Stoke and Southampton did themselves no favours, at least there is a relegation battle. Champs and top 4 now look sorted after Spurs’ come-from-behind victory at Stamford Bridge

WBA pick up the first 8 game losing sequence by any club entirely within this season.


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Tabulating File Information

I have been a bit lazy with regard to deploying this blog and am not sure of the best way of dealing with it As you may know, the package I use, blogdown, you create all the files within a public directory which you can then deploy the files to your server of choice. I have my own site and upload all the files to replace the existing ones The problem I have is that some of the files on the site are very large and so the process can take a long time.

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Geofacetting South African style

Ryan Hafens has recently started what is promised to be a series of blog posts about his geofacet package. In the first post, he argues the case for where this approach has advantages over other forms of choropleth. I have previously looked at the hexmap approach - which may or may not be still working It is possible to create one’s own map to apply to geofacetting but luckily one has already been created for the nine provinces of South Africa - where I am currently visiting

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EPL Week 31

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day Abbreviated version with only four games at the week-end but Salah runs riot

Tenth time a Liverpool player has added an assist to a hat-trick and Salah’s feat was the first in four years; when Suarez achieved it for third time in 18 months

When Goal Difference makes No Difference Huddersfield’s most recent defeat left them in 15th position with a goal difference of -27.


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Where should I live?

After a long spate of just soccer posts, it is a relief(delayed pun intended) to turn to a quick look at a relatively new package, weathercan released under the https://ropensci.org/ banner by @steffilazerte, who has written a comprehensive blog post about it The package provides historical weather data from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website. Many years ago, I briefly lived in Victoria, BC, Canada and recalled it as a very agreeable climate so moving to North Vancouver I was expecting much of the same.

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EPL Week 30

For the remainder of the season, I will be travelling with a back up laptop so please excuse any shortfall in posts and site updates Match of the Day Rashford schools Alex-Arnold

Palace joined WBA with a league-leading ninth one-goal defeat. Every team has suffered at least one such occurrence this season. Surprisingly Huddersfield have lost by a single goal just once in their 15 defeats

Manager changes Several teams have changed manager’s this season in an attempt to acquire a ‘New manger Bounce’.


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