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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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analyze the united states decennial census public use microdata sample (pums) with r and monetdb

July 1, 2013
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during his tenure as secretary of state, thomas jefferson oversaw the first american census way back in 1790.  some of my countrymen express pride that we're the oldest democracy, but my heart swells with the knowledge that we've got the world's o...

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analyze the pesquisa de orcamentos familiares (pof) with r

June 17, 2013
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for the unlucky among us born without a portuguese mother tongue, the pesquisa de orcamentos familiares (pof) translates to survey of household budgets.  this data set captures brazilian family consumption habits, allocation of expenses, and incom...

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analyze the new york city housing and vacancy survey (nychvs) with r

May 19, 2013
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for those interested in the real estate and rental markets of the big apple, the census bureau's nyc housing and vacancy survey might be your key to the city.  if you care about how many new york residents live more than one person per room (a lot...

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analyze the social security administration public use microdata files (ssapumf) with r

May 5, 2013
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the social security administration (ssa) must be overflowing with quiet heroes, because their public-use microdata files are as inconspicuous as they are thorough.  sure, ssa publishes enough great statistical research of their own that outside re...

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