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generally as I have less and less time to waste on meaningless football stats I get halfway through a post and abandon it. To remedy this, I want to start pushing out posts that give a reasonable half-guess at an answer within an hour or so without needing to really check my working or write good prose. This is the third of these For this weeks question, I’m stealing straight from the source of most of my posts, The Knowledge column at The Guardian: What is the shortest total distance a club has had to travel in a Champions League winning campaign?

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generally as I have less and less time to waste on meaningless football stats I get halfway through a post and abandon it. To remedy this, I want to start pushing out posts that give a reasonable half-guess at an answer within an hour or so without needing to really check my working or write good prose. This is the second of these A semi-common question I’ve come across when doing stupid football trivia is ‘Which Birthday could field the best 5-a-side team?

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generally as I have less and less time to waste on meaningless football stats I get halfway through a post and abandon it. To remedy this, I want to start pushing out posts that give a reasonable half-guess at an answer within an hour or so without needing to really check my working or write good prose. This is the first of these Liverpool Football Club have had a pretty impressive season until recently, winning 26 of the first 27 games and remaining unbeaten.

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One of the most consistent fonts of posts on this blog is The Guardian’s football trivia page The Knowledge. A particular reason for this is that the small contained questions lend themselves to small blogposts that I can turn around in an hour or two, as opposed to being endlessly redrafted until I lose interest. However, I still sometimes don’t quite get round to finishing some of these posts, or have trouble justifying a blog post on a very small and ‘trivial’ answer to a question.

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I’m extremely biased, but to me, one of the real success* stories in neuroscience over the last (just over) two decades has been in studying reward signals. Since the seminal 1997 paper, a lot of work has gone into figuring out how the brain assigns value to outcomes. *ugh, maybe. This isn’t a blog post about that My PhD project looks at novel ways of eliciting valuation behaviour to study these signals, but as a key part of the modelling involved in this work, it’s important to get a handle on reinforcement learning.

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Selected Publications

ggparliamentis useful research tool for a variety of social science disciplines, includ-ing quantitative political science. It is particularly beneficial for political scientists whoresearch political institutions, such as electoral systems, party politics, or legislative pol-itics.ggparliamentprovides several layouts, representing different legislative chamberse.g. the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, Australia’s horseshoe-shaped parliament,or the widely-used semicircle legislative chamber.
In JOSS, 2019

The cellular basis of the magnetic sense remains an unsolved scientific mystery. One theory that aims to explain how animals detect the magnetic field is the magnetite hypothesis. It argues that intracellular crystals of the iron oxide magnetite (Fe3O4) are coupled to mechanosensitive channels that elicit neuronal activity in specialized sensory cells. Attempts to find these primary sensors have largely relied on the Prussian Blue stain that labels cells rich in ferric iron…
In PNAS, 2013

Recent Publications

. ggparliament: A ggplot2 extension for parliament plots in R. In JOSS, 2019.

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. No evidence for intracellular magnetite in putative vertebrate magnetoreceptors identified by magnetic screening. In PNAS, 2013.

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CV

My CV is available in PDF form. (Last updated: November 21, 2019)

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Considering Defensive Risk in Expected Threat Models
Oct 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Projects

Could Yorkshire Win the World Cup

In 2018, after watching the CONIFA World Cup final live, I wondered if an Independent Yorkshire could win the FIFA World Cup. This resulted in a few blogposts that were turned into an article in Citymetric magazine

Guardian: The Knowledge

In my free time I enjoy answering football trivia from The Guardian’s The Knowledge blog programmatically

R Packages

In my free time I like to make various R packages for small things I work on. Here is a list of them.

Statsbomb Conference

In Summer 2019, I won the chance to explore a hypothesis in football analytics using data from Statsbomb. My final project looked at Markov chain models of possession value in football, and considering how to incorporate defensive risk into such models.

RInforcement Learning

Example answers to end of chapter problems in Sutton and Barto - Reinforcement Learning (2016)

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