Software For Data Analysis

For the Dig Into Data meetup this Wednesday, we’ll be talking about tools to use for analyzing data. If you’d like to follow along in the meeting, you can install these tools before you arrive. The two applications are: Tableau public, for analyzing tabular data. It is a great tool for basic data mining. QGIS, … Read more Software For Data Analysis

Crime Data Update

We’ve released an update to the crime dataset today. This update is based on reprocessed data from SANDAG and includes some new fields. San Diego Crime Incidents, Revision 3 This update is based on a new extract of the data we got recently from SANDAG. They didn’t tell me what had changed, just that they … Read more Crime Data Update

New Data Repository Released

Today we are releasing an update to our data repository, at This release is based on CKAN 2.1, the same software used to run Data.Gov, one of the largest data sites in the world. The software is more capable than the older version, and it is much more attractive, with better visual design and organization.

Six Years of Crime Data

Today we are releasing the processed version of six years of San Diego County crime data. We received this data last month from SANDAG, and have augmented the source data with city and and neighborhood codes. The data is released as both CSV and ESRI Shape files with one file per year. To download the data, visit … Read more Six Years of Crime Data

Worse than Singing about Economics: Inappropriate Visualizations

Of the many versions of the famous quote that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” is that “writing about music is as illogical as singing about economics.” Both of these activities are actually quite common. Dancing about architecture is a sport of irony, and  not only are there songs about economics, the appropriately named … Read more Worse than Singing about Economics: Inappropriate Visualizations