Doctor of the Rings?

My wonderful soon-to-be-wife just had her PhD viva and we were struck by the similarity between PhDs and Frodo’s journey in the Lord of the Rings. Turns out this guy got there first, but I think our theory still brings something to the table. The main parallel is that there are, like, a million endings!!!…

MASH and khmer abundance

The other day at PHE we were investigating use of MASH sketches to find closest isolates. If you don’t already know about MASH, it’s a MinHash algorithm implemented by Adam Phillippy’s group (@aphillippy). It is fast and pretty neat, but the resulting distance is directly related to the errors in the sequencing. On one hand,…

Plotting trees with plotTree

Kat Holt’s lab have a nice set of scripts that wrap around ete2 which makes it nice ‘n’ easy to annotate trees – plotTree! It works out the box! They have some great installation and usage instructions on the github, and some examples for the R half of the code, but the examples for the python bit are…

My time at PHE in numbers

I’m leaving PHE today, and thought I would try and reflect on my time spent here, and one way of doing that is to put some numbers on things. None of the below should be taken as an official PHE statistic 🙂 Number of years – 8 Number of organisational names – 2 Number of…

how to do age-sex pyramid in excel

Say you have an age-sex breakdown and you want to summarise it in the usual way (as below). how do you do this in excel? this is definitely a post from the annals of ‘so ridiculous i had to write it down’. So, you have to give one of your sexes minus values, and then…

how to give a talk

I’m at IMMEM 2016 and there have been some great talks. However, some of them have been hampered by delivery, so i thought i would write a quick post on some things i try to do (a lot stolen from matt might and jen gardy). I used to have a job selling windows (made of…