A few weeks ago, I posted some preliminary statistics on Bird and Lime electric scooters (aka dockless mobility devices) in Indianapolis, comparing the scooters here to those in Louisville. I then spoke with Alison Griswold at Quartz to refine the population of scooters we were analyzing, and have since updated the numbers. The main takeaway … Continue reading Update to Scooter Stats
Note: an update to this analysis was posted March 27, 2019 March 5, 2019 Update After publishing this, I was able to chat with Alison at Quartz (new newsletter out today) and talk through some of the methodological differences between what Nathan (Louisville) and I did. I wanted to update the post with some new … Continue reading Bird & Lime Scooters in Indianapolis, Fall 2018 Edition
I've been working a lot lately with the CDC's Opioid Prescribing Rate data I posted about in May. A fellow grad student at IU, Kevin Wiley, and myself, have been working on an RShiny app for visualizing maps of this data and the trends over time. We have a lot left that we want to … Continue reading Visualizing State-Level Changes in Opioid Overdose Deaths
The opioid epidemic regularly garners national headlines, and numerous new and ongoing efforts are attempting to curb the overprescription of opioids in this country. For example, here in Indiana, IU has already invested in 16 projects as a part of the Addictions Grand Challenge. The university-government partnership is currently preparing for the second phase of proposals proposing novel … Continue reading Opioid Prescribing Rate Trends in Indiana, 2006-2016
The Background. As a rule, I don't pick March Madness brackets. At least not for real. My favorite part of the tournament season is to come up with the most convoluted and esoteric criteria I can for picking games and then put together my bracket based on those criteria. For example, a few years back I … Continue reading maRch madness
The current tax reform debate and congressional procedures in general have me watching a lot of CSPAN lately. As I've followed this debate, I got curious about something that became more and more apparent: I knew Congress was old... but exactly how old? This seemed like a fun, easy data visualization task, and here we are. … Continue reading How old is the Senate?
I typically have no reason to post photos; most pictures I have are screenshots of articles or pictures of my mom's cats being lazy cats. But I just can't keep these to myself. My cousin, uncle and I hiked Mount Verstovia in Sitka, Alaska today. We summited Arrowhead, roughly 3,000 vertical feet of climb … Continue reading Mount Verstovia in Sitka, AK
An explainer on how to put together an interesting geographic data visualization in RStudio using the geofacet package.
"I share enthusiasm for the emancipatory potential of technoscience to create new meanings and new worlds, while at the same time remaining highly critical. And this involves redefining genuine inventiveness as not just about speed and novelty, but about challenging the assumptions that permeate our scientific discourse. To put it simply, it means thinking about social problems first, and then thinking of technical solutions, rather than the other way around. For example, crunching big data and then looking for applications for it, as if crunching big data isn't a political act in itself. But we can't do this while the people who design our technology and design what's made are so unrepresentative of society."
The default picture of tech companies is ping pong tables, beanbag chairs, nerdy t-shirts, and brilliant if socially awkward programmers wearing headphones and tapping away at sticker-adorned MacBook Pros. While that image can entertain, beneath the stereotypes there lies an incredibly useful set of cultural principles that individuals and other industries should look to adopt.