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Review of my work by Andrew Moore, Oxford Pain Research Unit

I have done a lot of work for Andrew and his colleagues. Most of it has been analysing data on drug performance; I also replicated a website in WordPress, as Andrew explains below. An article about some of our earlier work, co-written with Sebastian Straube, is at "Trials and tribulations: measuring drug efficacy in clinical trials, plotting graphs in Java with gnuplot, and reading Excel with JExcelAPI" . I've done more recent analyses in R, which is better suited to our needs.

The spreadsheet is a terrific boon for science and medicine. It allows huge amounts of information to be processed and analysed.

And that is fine when you are following a well known process, down a road well-travelled.

But the cutting edge of science and medicine is, by definition, off that road. Being at the front involves asking awkward questions — those for which there are no answers or processes.

Now large spreadsheets can be the barrier, because transforming them from something designed for one purpose into something useful for a different purpose is hard and fraught with potential error.

That’s where Jocelyn can help — helping researchers make better use of the tools they have to answer questions they didn’t think they could answer.

The three examples below come from clinical trials in acute and chronic pain, where analysis at the level of the individual patient allowed better insights into trial design and patient benefit.

The following papers used or were inspired by Jocelyn’s data analyses: