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analyze the national household travel survey (nhts) with r and monetdb

March 18, 2014
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if you've ever gotten stuck in traffic and started wondering what data might be available to better design the network of roads and rail, rev your engines for the national household travel survey (nhts).  dating back to the same decade as eisenhow...

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analyze the pesquisa mensal de emprego (pme) with r

February 4, 2014
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whether or not you hit the snooze button, once every month your morning radio station probably announces the latest employment statistics for the nation.  in the united states, those headlines come from the bureau of labor statistics' current popu...

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analyze the national survey of oaa participants (nps) with r

January 21, 2014
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the united states administration on aging (aoa) spends about a billion dollars on community services and meals for elderly americans every year.  enacted as part of lyndon johnson's great society program, title iii of the older americans act funds...

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analyze the national immunization survey (nis) with r

January 6, 2014
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for twenty years now, the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) has been random-digit-dialing american households to ask parents which vaccinations their little tykes have received.  and since vaccination history might not be at the for...

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analyze the program for international student assessment (pisa) with r and monetdb

December 9, 2013
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the authoritative source for evaluating educational achievement across nations, the program(me) for international student assessment ranks the math, science, and reading skills of 15-year-olds in more than sixty countries.  coordinated by the orga...

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analyze the national survey of children’s health with r

November 18, 2013
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american children of the nineties might have had pogs, beanie babies, m.c. hammer, but we lacked a reliable source for state-level survey estimates on health.  then in 2003, the maternal and child health bureau of the health services and resources...

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analyze the american national election studies (anes) with r

November 4, 2013
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on election days in the united states, the news media peppers its coverage with quick, dirty exit polls that allow them to make coarse statements like, "x% of demographic group y voted for candidate z."  the american national election studies are ...

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analyze the national vital statistics system (nvss) with r and monetdb

October 21, 2013
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ever since the dawn of the internet, the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) has maintained a big data archive called the national vital statistics system (nvss).  the hardworking quants in hyattsville release two major annual microda...

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analyze the panel study of income dynamics (psid) with r

October 7, 2013
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the panel study of income dynamics (psid) is a one-trick pony.  better than anything else out there, this survey allows you to answer the question, "where are they now?"  after tracking the same nationally-representative cohort of americans (...

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analyze the home mortgage disclosure act (hmda) microdata with r and monetdb

September 23, 2013
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back in 1975, congress had it up to here with discriminatory lending practices and decided to require financial organizations originating home mortgages to report some basic operational statistics publicly.  the home mortgage disclosure act mandat...

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