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Visualizing Barcelona’s Public Bikes Usage

Created in 2014 by Nikolay Nenov from Datalect – Original Post
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Did you know that Spain has the greatest number of bicycle sharing systems in the world? Having a high demand for these makes a lot a sense – the mild winter leaves one no bad-weather-excuses for not biking; and in the summer the bicycle is the most pleasant transport method for going to the beach. But if you have ever tried to go to the beach on the bici (that’s how the public bikes are called in Barcelona) on a lovely Sunday morning, you’ve probably stumbled on your closest station being empty. So you walk under the scorching Spanish sun to the next station, and quite possibly – to the one after that, until you can find a bicycle. Once you finally arrive to the beach, all the stations are now full, and there’s a line of people waiting to return their bicing.

Each time this happened to me, it got me thinking that there should be a way to forecast the demand in order to improve the supply. Fortunately, the guys at CityBikes have provided an API with the momentary availability of bikes. So, I scraped a several days worth of data, averaged the bikes per station and produced the following image.
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The white dots are the stations that are on average (almost) full and the reds are (again almost) always empty.
Great, but this doesn’t help at all with the forecast, because even though the station which is closest to my apartment is in yellow (meaning that on average there are bikes), it is always empty in the morning and always full at night. The obvious solution would be to average the bikes on each station by time of the day and then create an animation with that. And I did. Here’s the result, conclusions and R source code to generate it.http://www.nikefreerunshoesplus.com nike free shoes




BCNAnalytics Inaugural Event is here!

Finally we are launching and this next week we have our inaugural event. It will be at CCCB in Barcelona at 19:00 .

The event will have a formal presentation of the project and a Q&A session with our pannelists. We are very honoured to have among us Cristina Bellido (Data Mining Director at LaCaixa), Frederic Udina (Managing Director Idescat) and Mikael Journo (VP CRM, King Entertainment). After that, we will have some time for networking!
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Come and join us in the BCN Analytics inaugural event where we bring together some of the most famous speakers of the area to explain us how analytics affect their business. Contact us for invitation.

When:

13th November, at 19:00

Where:

Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB).

Montalegre, 5. Barcelona.

Who:

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Cristina Bellido – Data Mining Director at LaCaixa

Cristina Bellido is the Data Mining Director at La Caixa where she has lead the analytics transformation for the last 12 years applying it to customer and campaign intelligence, geomarketing, among others. Current challenges include the continuous development of the multi-channel strategy and the use of big data. Additionally, she is a professor of CRM marketing at ESADE Business School. Cristina holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and a degree in Business from ESADE.

 

Frederic Udina, director de l'Idescat

Frederic Udina – Managing Director Idescat

Frederic Udina is the general manager at the Statistics Bureau of Catalonia since 2011 and president of the Catalan Institute of Public Policy Evaluation (Ivàlua) since 2013. Frederic is also professor in math, probability and statistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He holds a PhD in math from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a degree in math at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has published numerous articles, has participated in multiple international research groups and performed consulting in statistics for Morgan Stanley, among others.

 

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Mikael Journo – VP CRM, King Entertainment

Mikael is Vice President CRM for the gaming leader King Entertainment. Mikael has extensive experience leading international strategic, marketing any analytics teams. Prior to King Entertainment Mikael led the analytics and CRM teams at Vistaprint, a global ecommerce leader in its area. Mikael developped his career at strategy consulting companies Boston Consulting Group and Diamond Cluster, currently Oliver Wyman.

 

 

 

 




The birth of a new community in Barcelona!

We love data and we love Barcelona. Data has the power to shape every aspect of our life, from the way we understand ourselves to the way we run our cities. Barcelona, the great enchantress, long ago caught us in her midst of great weather, fantastic food, beautiful architecture and passionate citizens (local and foreign). That is why over some beers we decided to join forces to accelerate Barcelona’s transformation into a data-driven city, a city where civil society, government and enterprises benefit from a smart and open use of data. BCN analytics is our non-for profit project whose ultimate goal is to make of Barcelona a European hub for Analytics. If you share a passion for data and Barcelona then join us by signing up and form part of group.

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