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What data is… and isn’t
What data is… and isn’t
OYO: Let’s not confuse data with information
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Where to get data
Where to get data
Public domain databases, independent research, FOIA requests
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Ways to “get” data
Ways to “get” data
When data isn’t in a usable format, scrape web pages or extract from PDFs
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Clean up dirty data
Clean up dirty data
Expect human errors and data entry inconsistencies in the datasets you get
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Find the aggregate values
Find the aggregate values
Get key answers quick by using count, sum, max, min and rank formulas
Malik Singleton
Dec 25, 2018
Find the average values
Find the average values
Get key info by using mean, median, mode functions on your data
Malik Singleton
Dec 25, 2018
Find the percentage values
Find the percentage values
Calculate percent, percent change, percentage points, and percentile
Malik Singleton
Dec 25, 2018
Here’s your shot!
A reality-based data analysis exercise
Malik Singleton
Jan 26
Find the story in the data
Find the story in the data
Think critically, uncover newsy details, and read between the rows
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Make fair comparisons
Make fair comparisons
Normalize your data by calculating rate across a sub population
Malik Singleton
Dec 25, 2018
Chart types and tools
tk
Malik Singleton
Mar 7
Chart your own analysis
Chart your own analysis
Offer valuable info by visualizing the data that you calculated
Malik Singleton
Dec 25, 2018
Writing about numbers
tk
Malik Singleton
Jan 20
Map your geo data
Use spatial representations to report and inform
Malik Singleton
Jan 12
Q&A session with your data
Q&A session with your data
Think like the computer and convert your inquiries into data-friendly phrases
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Publish your reporting
OYO: Use Medium or Github (i.e. Gist, Preview or GH Pages)
Malik Singleton
Jan 12
Learn your computer
Learn your computer
OYO: Computers talk to our data, so we need to talk to our computers
Malik Singleton
Jan 12
More ways to work with data
Use the command line for another way to examine datasets
Malik Singleton
Dec 24, 2018
Page scraping
tk
Malik Singleton
Mar 7
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