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What's in a name? Quite a lot actually..

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Chris Vallance | 12:52 UK time, Wednesday, 26 March 2008

UPDATE: The maps mentioned are now live, you can view them here, also there's a related News Online article here

Later today, fingers crossed, UCL's London Profiler website will get some fascinating new maps. The maps show the relative density of the population of various ethnic groups in London, groups as diverse as the Welsh and people from the Baltic states. They show among other things, that people of Polish origin tend to live in Zone 3 and that Turkish and Greek people seem to prefer to live in the same part of north London. In the presentation below. Researcher Pablo Mateos of the Department of Geography talks through a preview of the new maps.

There are many more groups on show than the 16 captured in the census. The research team at the Department of Geography and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) lead by Professor Paul Longley were able to get this fine grained data, by using names to identify ethnicity. Certain names can be tied to certain ethnic groups, and while it's obviously something of an approximation it does allow you to identify individual nations. They've already done some work on names and geography. People named Mair are apparently from Scotland for example.

The beauty of the London Profiler, created by Maurizio Gibin, is that is that it allows other data to be compared with ethnicity, crime, deprivation, higher education, healthcare etc. Maps of these are all visible via the site. While the current map is for London, where 40% of the population belongs to an ethnic minority, they hope to extend the Profiler to the rest of the UK


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