A dashboard showing a set of three charts, demonstrating the funding difference between American and international cities.

NYPD Green? Visualising Police Spend in Selected International Cities

One of the clearer roots of the problem is the wretched state of American policing, which has been in dire need of reform for longer than I’ve been alive; a rallying call of the 2020 movement has been “Defund the Police”. I’ve not looked into police spending to know how much is too much, so I decided to do a comparative analysis of some American and international cities to see what their police budgets looked like.

THAT NEJM editorial and Kaggle

What is particularly interesting about this article and the debate it ignited (or soured, depending on how you look at it) is that it seems blind to the increasing interdisciplinary trend in data science – of which medicine is an obvious part – where fresh eyes find new ways to understand a problem.

Radovan Karadzic conviction: statistics and Human Rights

Yesterday in the Hague, Radovan Karadzic was convicted for 40 years for his role in the Bosnian war. What some people may not know is that statistical analysis of migrational movements and killings was one of the ways external observers demonstrated that there was a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in Serbia.