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I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, and also

Many classic results in science have come from the analysis of knowledge available in the published literature. A classic example is Mendeleev's proposal of the law of periodicity: the data on which the law depended were published throughout the chemical literature, in many languages and many symbolic formulations. Most of my research effort is data-driven. I carefully integrate research data from co-investigators with data extracted from published studies. I then use advanced computational knowledge discovery techniques to derive candidate predictive models, evaluate and validate the best of these models. The models are then used to generate hypotheses for testing by the research community. My areas of research include: