A blog of Python-related topics and code.

Has April in Cambridge, UK been unusually dry?

In 2016 it seemed that Cambridge, UK was unusually cold. News reports this year have suggested that April 2017 has been unusually dry. To determine to what extent this is true (again, in Cambridge), I downloaded the monthly weather summaries from the Cambridge University Digital Technology Group. This is easily done using a few lines of bash:

Power Spectra for "Blue" and Uniform Noise

The previous post provided some code for generating Poisson disc noise (in which no point the sample is closer than some fixed distance from any other). Here is a short program to calculate the power spectrum of this noise and compare it with the spectrum for the same number of points drawn from a uniform distribution.

Poisson disc sampling in Python

A set of points drawn from a uniform distribution on a two-dimensional domain typically display clustering:

Making a maze

The Depth-first search algorithm is a simple approach to generating a maze. It is well described and illustrated in lots of places on the internet, so only an outline is given here.

DOI to BibTeX

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) resolution service at exposes an API for retrieving the BibTeX markup for a reference given its DOI. The following Python 3 script takes a DOI on the command line and returns the BibTeX. For example,