June 13, 2014 Simon Raper

The analyst’s toolbox

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There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of open source/free/online tools out there that form part of the analyst’s toolbox. Here’s what I have on my mac for day to day work. Click on the leaf node labels to be redirected to the relevant sites. Visualisation in D3.

I’ve also created a video tour of that gives a quick demo of some of the tools on my desktop

The analysts toolkit video


About the Author

Simon Raper I am an RSS accredited statistician with over 15 years’ experience working in data mining and analytics and many more in coding and software development. My specialities include machine learning, time series forecasting, Bayesian modelling, market simulation and data visualisation. I am the founder of Coppelia an analytics startup that uses agile methods to bring machine learning and other cutting edge statistical techniques to businesses that are looking to extract value from their data. My current interests are in scalable machine learning (Mahout, spark, Hadoop), interactive visualisatons (D3 and similar) and applying the methods of agile software development to analytics. I have worked for Channel 4, Mindshare, News International, Credit Suisse and AOL. I am co-author with Mark Bulling of Drunks and Lampposts - a blog on computational statistics, machine learning, data visualisation, R, python and cloud computing. It has had over 310 K visits and appeared in the online editions of The New York Times and The New Yorker. I am a regular speaker at conferences and events.

Comments (2)

  1. Stas

    That’s great! Thank you, Simon! So many things to learn)
    By the way, was trying to find RSS or subscription. Hope to get the alerts after this comment, owing to the option.
    Glad to see you started a new cool thing. Good luck and take care.

    • simonraper

      Hi Stas!

      Great to hear from you! Was meaning to get in contact soon to see how things are going in Moscow. Yes you’re absolutely right I need to get the subscription part sorted. Thanks for reminding me. Hope all is well and stay in touch!



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