Alex Singleton

Professor of Geographic Information Science at the University of Liverpool

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Geographic Data Science and School Markets

A workshop talk given at "Agent-based Modelling for Economics and Finance", Oxford-Man institute, University of Oxford. 23/2/15.

Geodemographics - A Practical Primer


My new book (co-edited with Chris Brunsdon) is now out.

Many thanks to all the chapter authors for their hard work; and if not arrived already, a very brightly coloured book should be in the post!

Thanks also go to Sage for a really nice production job.

About the book...

Geocomputation is the intersection of advanced computational methods and geographical analysis and modelling. Geocomputation is applied and often interdisciplinary, with methodological developments typically embedded in applications seeking to address real world problems.

Geocomputation excels as a framework for researching many contemporary social science problems associated with large volumes of dynamic and spatio-temporal ‘big data’, such as those generated in ‘smart city’ contexts or from crowdsourcing. This text:

  1. provides a selection of practical examples of geocomputation techniques and ‘hot topics’ written by world leading practitioners
  2. Integrates selected supporting materials, such as code and data so that readers can work through some examples themselves
  3. Chapters provide highly applied and practical discussions of: Visualisation and exploratory spatial data analysis / space time modelling / spatial algorithms / spatial regression and statistics / open geographic information systems and science
  4. All chapters are uniform in design, and each includes an introduction, case study and conclusion - drawing together both the generalities of the chapter topic and illustration through the case study application. Guidance for further reading is also provided.This accessible text, published in full colour, has been specifically designed for those readers who are new to Geocomputation as an area of research, showing how complex real-world problems can be solved through the integration of technology, data, and geocomputational methods. This is the key primer for applied Geocomputation in the social sciences.

Geodemographics and the Internal Structure of Cities

Seminar given at Cardiff University on 16/12/14.


Big Data in the Real World

Seminar given at UCL on 2/12/14.

e-Resilience of British Retail Centres

Short talk given at Nottingham Business School, ESRC KEO Event 27/11/14.

QMRG Committee Timeline

Quite a long time ago I spent considerable hours trawling through QMRG reports that featured in old issues of Area and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers to examine how the committee had evolved over time. In these pre R days, I assembled these into a spreadsheet (sorry!) of both the report text, and also as a timeline. You can download both of these files on the github repository.

These files have sat on my machine for years, however, I thought they would make a nice addition to the new combined QMRG and GIScRG website - Quantile. As such, I have generate a D3 timeline of the committee membership, and assembled a chronology of events - the code is also on github here.

I would not claim that this is comprehensive, and only features those entries gathered from the reports. If you were involved in the committee and are missing, or the dates are not quite correct, then let me know.

View the timeline here