What we’ve been reading: March

Our society members are (mostly) university students and therefore, do a lot of reading!

Here are some of the most interesting things we’ve read and shared for the month of March. You can see posts for January and February by clicking on the ‘What we’ve been reading’ category.

We hosted our first speaker event with Professor Bill Gerrard in March. To show people some of the ideas Bill would be discussing, Lawrence posted an article from the Guardian discussing Bill’s work with the Saracens rugby union team in creating a statistically based performance management system. He also posted the trailer for Moneyball, the 2011 film based on the work of Billy Beane with the Oakland A’s baseball team.

flowsMatt attended a bike hackathon where his group’s objective was to try to find a way to reduce the use of cars as the means of primary transport around the Lake District (now that they can stop using boats), which he wrote about in his blog here. The image on the right is one produced at the hackathon, where the team mapped the origins and destinations of 8000 visitors to the Lake District National Park. Following on from that, he introduced us to the CycleStreets open source project initiatives for developers, where they have a wishlist of challenges that anyone can try to work on.



Father son occupation pairs from facebook researchLastly, Louisa posted research from Facebook where using a few million of their users, they examined whether there was any pattern to the job that parents and children have. It’s interesting research as it examines quite a common trope that we often hear in descriptions of others – a military family, or that they come from a long line of lawyers, and there is an underlying assumption in common discourse that certain jobs seem to run in families. The graphics produced by the Facebook team are comprehensive and interactive, and thus well worth a look. This picture is taken from father son pairings, where the father’s profession is military. Before your mind thinks it has spotted a pattern, there is a thicker line between father – son pairings for management, but some families do have an unbreakable pattern of dull jobs.