Once you’ve got the basic skills in programming and statistics, the best way to learn data analysis is to do it. So, we’re developing a practical experience program for aspiring data analysts. The program is in the pilot phase with a small set of students, but you can read about how it works on the Internship Program’s wiki page.
The goal of the program is to develop more experience with answering questions with data in San Diego and to make that experience available to non profits, government agencies, journalists and other organizations that have questions that could be answered with data, but don’t have the time or skills to do it.
We’re currently recruiting participants, mentors and projects. So, if you’d like to develop data skills, teach data skills, or have a data project, let us know.
We’ve frequently mentioned that people who work on data projects tell us that frequently, 80% of their projects are consumed by data preparation and cleaning, so it is interesting to get this data point from Kaggle:
(2) How long is a typical project?
When working with a top 0.5% data scientist, projects take just eight to 40 hours ($3k to $12k). Projects are finished in closer to eight hours for clean data and closer to 40 hours when the data requires cleaning.
So, in this anecdote, with some squinty-eyed interpretation, data cleaning requires 32 out of 40 hours. Dead on. And, by the way, that’s 32 hours at $300 per hour.
Fortunately, the library has a plan to reduce the cost of data cleaning and preparation.
Here are the files for my presentation to the San Diego Crime Analysts Association:
A Rhythm Map is a heat map that displays time in the X and Y dimensions. They are an excellent way to visualize repeating patterns in time, such as how crimes occur by hour and data of week. Here we look at some interesting patterns in burglaries in the City of San Diego. First, here is the map for a range of crime types in San Diego, compiled from the type, time and date of about 400K crime incidents in the City of San Diego from 2006 to 2012. Each square is a crime type. The vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the...read more
For the last 5 months, SANDAG has been publishing their crime incident data to the web. The file they publish only stores the last 180 days, and it is a bit hard to find, so we’re archiving the files to our data repository .read more
Here is an interactive data application that explores how crime incidents vary over the day of week and time of day. In the checkbox below, select one or more crime types, and the heatmap will show the relative intensity of those crime types over day of week and time of day. There many interesting patterns here, some you would expect, some you might not: Things you might expect: DUI and Drugs violations are primarily committed in the evening and early mornings on weekends. Assaults are most frequent in the late evenings and early mornings on...read more
For the last few months, a team of geography students at SDSU have been working with the crime data provided by the Library, producing analyses and visualizations of the data. Elias Issa has been looking at Drugs and Alcohol violations in Downtown San Diego and East Village. He writes: The Hot Spot tool calculates the Gi* statistic for each feature in a dataset. The resultant z-scores and p-values tell you where features with either high or low values cluster spatially. To have a statistically significant hot spot, a feature will have...read more
Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commissioned a report to study the feasibility of creating a nationwide database of parcel information. This is a difficult task because the parcels are usually maintained by the counties, and the US has about 3200 counties. The resulting report is remarkably thorough, including a description of the data collection process and the effort required to get the data, and the information contained in each county’s dataset. The effort required varied greatly, with 13% of the...read more
The Voice of San Diego is running a Q&A regarding Open Data, which just happens to involve an interview with the Director of the Library.read more
SANDAG, through its public safety division ARJIS, is now publishing crime data to the web. This is a major advance in accessibility, since previously crime incidents were only available through a Public Records Act request, and usually involved a fee. The download file includes crime incidents for the last 180 days. The Library will be archiving these files occasionally, and adding them to our crime incident datasets. The files are updated weekly. Unlike the data we acquired previously, this release does not include the ‘legend’...read more