Computer Science @ University of St Andrews

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Dr Graham Kirby

Dr Graham Kirby

Pro Dean Advising (Science)

Position: Senior Lecturer

Research profile

Email (@st-andrews.ac.uk): graham.kirby

Office: JC1.20 - Jack Cole Building, North Haugh

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3240

Home page: https://graham.host.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Research Overview

I am interested in distributed systems in general, and distributed storage, peer-to-peer systems and middleware in particular.

I am involved in the ESRC-funded Digitising Scotland project, which aims to construct a linked genealogy of Scottish historical records, with Chris Dibben, Lee Williamson, Zhiqiang Feng and Zengyi Huang at Edinburgh, and Alan Dearle, Özgür Akgün and Tom Dalton in Computer Science at St Andrews. So far we have focused on automatic classification of certain fields within the records (cause of death and occupation); now we are starting to experiment with various probabilistic linkage approaches. This work also includes Eilidh Garrett and Alice Reid at Cambridge, and Peter Christen at ANU.

I also lead a work package on linkage methodology within the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre - Scotland (funding), with Alan DearleÖzgür AkgünPeter Christen and Alasdair Gray at Heriot-Watt.

I am supervisor for Tom Dalton, who is doing his PhD on handling uncertainty in data linkage, and second supervisor for Simone Conte, who is investigating user models for managing distributed data.

Recent Publications

Learning From Past Links: Understanding the Limits of Linkage Quality

Akgun, O, Dearle, A, Garrett, E & Kirby, GNC 2017, 'Learning From Past Links: Understanding the Limits of Linkage Quality' British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 6/09/17 - 8/09/17, .

Evaluating record linkage: creating longitudinal synthetic data to provide gold-standard linked data sets

Dalton, TS, Dearle, A, Kirby, GNC & Akgun, O 2017, 'Evaluating record linkage: creating longitudinal synthetic data to provide gold-standard linked data sets' Workshop for the Systematic Linking of Historical Records, Guelph, Canada, 11/05/17 - 13/05/17, .

Probabilistic linkage of vital event records in Scotland using familial groups

Akgun, O, Dalton, TS, Dearle, A, Garrett, E & Kirby, GNC 2017, 'Probabilistic linkage of vital event records in Scotland using familial groups' Workshop for the Systematic Linking of Historical Records, Guelph, Canada, 11/05/17 - 13/05/17, .

An identifier scheme for the Digitising Scotland project

Akgun, O, Al-Sidiqi, A, Christen, P, Dalton, TS, Dearle, A, Dibben, CJL, Garrett, E, Gray, A, Kirby, GNC & Reid, A 2017, 'An identifier scheme for the Digitising Scotland project' UK Administrative Data Research Network Annual Research Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1/06/17 - 2/06/17, .

Record linking using metric space similarity search

Dearle, A, Kirby, GNC, Akgun, O & Dalton, TS 2017, 'Record linking using metric space similarity search' UK Administrative Data Research Network Annual Research Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1/06/17 - 2/06/17, .

Evaluating population data linkage: assessing stability, scalability, resilience and robustness across many data sets for comprehensive linkage evaluation

Dalton, TS, Akgun, O, Al-Sediqi, A, Christen, P, Dearle, A, Garrett, E, Gray, A, Kirby, GNC & Reid, A 2017, 'Evaluating population data linkage: assessing stability, scalability, resilience and robustness across many data sets for comprehensive linkage evaluation' UK Administrative Data Research Network Annual Research Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 1/06/17 - 2/06/17, .

Access to Higher Education for Scottish rural communities: an exploratory analysis

The creation of an administrative data based 1936 birth cohort study

Huang, Z, Dibben, CJL, Kirby, GNC, Deary, I, Popham, F & Connelly, R 2015, 'The creation of an administrative data based 1936 birth cohort study' Farr Institute International Conference on Data Intensive Health Research and Care, St Andrews, United Kingdom, 26/08/15 - 28/08/15, .

Automatic extraction of multiple underlying causes from textual death records

Kirby, GNC, Hajiarabderkani, M, Dearle, A, Carson, JK, Dunlop, FRJ, Dibben, CJL & Williamson, L 2015, 'Automatic extraction of multiple underlying causes from textual death records' Farr Institute International Conference on Data Intensive Health Research and Care, St Andrews, United Kingdom, 26/08/15 - 28/08/15, .

Automatic methods for coding historical occupation descriptions to standard classifications

Kirby, GNC, Carson, J, Dunlop, F, Dibben, C, Dearle, A, Williamson, L, Garrett, E & Reid, A 2015, Automatic methods for coding historical occupation descriptions to standard classifications. in G Bloothooft, P Christen, K Mandemakers & M Schraagen (eds), Population Reconstruction. Springer, pp. 43-60. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-19884-2_3