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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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analyze the survey of business owners (sbo) with r

September 9, 2013
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each year ending in a two or a seven, census bureau employees stow away their eponymous decennial population count to focus on the economic census.  and when charged with gauging the health of the american economy, who better to survey than busine...

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analyze the national longitudinal study of adolescent health (addhealth) with r

August 26, 2013
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the national longitudinal survey of adolescent health (addhealth) is to the health and retirement study what teen people is to aarp magazine.  both surveys have followed a cohort of respondents for almost twenty years now, asking them health behav...

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analyze the national plan and provider enumeration system (nppes) with r and monetdb

August 12, 2013
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the national plan and provider enumeration system (nppes) contains information about every provider, insurance plan, and clearinghouse actively operating in the united states healthcare industry.  did i just see the ears of all the health workforce researchers in the room perk up?  it's freely downloadable, courtesy of the department of health and human services' implementation of the...

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analyze the youth risk behavior surveillance system (yrbss) with r

July 29, 2013
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the youth risk behavior surveillance system is the high school edition of the behavioral risk factor surveillance system (brfss), a scientific study of good kids who do bad things.  questions are mostly about sex, drugs, rock and roll, and populat...

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analyze the surveillance epidemiology and end results (seer) with r and monetdb

July 15, 2013
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the surveillance epidemiology and end results program is the aggregation of all cancer registry statistics in the united states.  created by congressional decree, seer has captured a nationally-representative quarter of american cancer incidence s...

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analyze the american time use survey (atus) with r

July 8, 2013
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the american time use survey collects information about how we spend our time.  it's a pretty simple setup: sampled individuals write down everything they do for a single twenty-four hour period, in ten minute intervals.  those diaries are a...

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