Hello, my name is Jamie Lendrum and welcome to my blog R-house!

I’ve recently transitioned into the Data Science area and I’ve created this site to share my development and my personal projects using the R environment.

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and spent the first 15 years of my career working as an Operational Analyst. This basically involves using a spectrum of analytical techniques ranging from complex simulation modelling to expert judgement in order to answer complex questions, usually focussed on how and where money should be spent.

Over the years I’ve built up a broad range of skills including problem structuring, project management, systems thinking, technical assurance, and consultancy, but my first love has always been getting my hands dirty tinkering with code tackling a meaty problem. My love of mathematics and coding combined with a love of learning has pushed me to now pursue a Data Science career and I am loving it so far!

I have developed this blog as an excuse to become better acquainted with R-Markdown and Git, but I also want a way of documenting my progression.

More generally, my interests are still generally quite geeky:

  • Seeing the world - I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled to several countries, but I still want to see far more of Asia;
  • Star Wars - For obvious reasons;
  • Star Wars Lego - I seem to have accumulated several sets and am struggling for places to put them!
  • The music of Michael Jackson - I’ve been a big fan of his music since 1997, and have acquired every recording possible, released and unreleased!
  • Martial Arts - I have some black belts in Jujitsu, with particular interest in kyusho-jitsu (pressure point attacks);
  • Science Fiction in general - From the lessons in morality of Star Trek: The Next Generation to the utter silly randomness of Red Dwarf, it’s all good;
  • Genealogy - I’ve done a significant amount of research into my own family history, and I may apply some Data Science to it at some point.