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What Do I Do With All This Data?

I have a research project involving about ~90 subjects in two (self-selected) groups. I have collected a number of variables about these subjects (from public sources), and now I would like to do some statistical tests to say whether these variables are significantly correlated with membership in one group or the other. How do I do this? I have a basic knowledge of R and access to Stata 14. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 answers

In search of historical California commodity prices

This is a two-part question about commodity prices in California in the 1860s. Part 1: How is this newspaper report of "current" (1862) prices read? The @s throw me off. (My best guess is that those are price ranges.) Part two... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Datasets for returned merchandise (ecommerce)

I need to get hold of datasets for online purchases, more specifically those that include product returns for a (self funded) project I'm working on. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Businesses in New York that have been around for over 100 years

I'd like to compile a list of businesses in New York City—starting with Manhattan—that have been around for 100 years or more. I'd also like to include places the public can visit that aren't "businesses" per se. I'm guessing this information is publicly available, but I don't know where to start. Any guidance would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
posted by context adventure on Jun 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Thinking about a career change, but what exactly to?

I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I find estimates of various industries' revenue?

I'm looking for the easiest way to find data about "how big" various industries are, by revenue. For instance, when you hear a reporter say, "Video games are a $X billion a year business," where are they getting that information? I've poked around the census bureau's website and found their various reports, but it doesn't seem to be that granular (or easy to read, for that matter). I'm trying to create as diverse a list as possible, of various non-related industries (banking, retail, trade shows, sporting events, hotel, video games, Hollywood, pest control, you name it - virtually any business that is its own discrete thing) and how they stack up relative to one another in terms of the dollar-figure size.
posted by jbickers on Aug 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Survey/Interview Data Collection Tool Needed

I will be traveling to a remote location to interview key informants for a research project. I am looking for a convenient interface which to enter the data. [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Why don't they teach us how to prep the numbers as well as how to crunch them?

ExcelFilter: How to combine the data from three spreadsheets into one spreadsheet? (But wait, there's more!) [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Converting musical audio to data?

Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
posted by jamjames on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Love the work, hate the aquarium

I love what I do but I don't love the way my organization functions. I want to go solo. Help me figure out how to become a freelance data analyst/researcher [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you point me to existing data on Native American health?

For work I am making a complete database of all existing (reasonably current) data on Native American health/risk factors. But I know next to nothing about the area. What are some surveys I should look at? It would be especially helpful if the data were at the tribal level of analysis. I'm at a bit of a loss and I'd appreciate any help you could offer! Thanks in advance.
posted by powerbumpkin on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?

I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to find data about online weather usage?

Asking for Mr. C: Where would you look for research done on how people interact with weather data online? [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin on Sep 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Upgrading to Damned Lies

Please point me to quality books, articles, etc which argue both for and against the use of quantitative research techniques in the social sciences, particularly in political science and public policy. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Sep 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Seeking advice/help about statistical tests of significance.

I have a wonderfully large dataset that I'm working with for a long-term project. I am analyzing a small section the dataset for my masters thesis. In meeting with my thesis advisor last week, she suggested I run some statistical tests of significance on the 4 tables I'm working with. She knows that I am yet to be versed in quantitative analysis methods (I've done solely qualitative work thus far) and that I'm under a massive time crunch to get this done. She suggested I seek help from others, as she doesn't want me to get bogged down with figuring out this step, and would rather I concentrate on analyzing the other aspects of this data. To this end, I'm wondering if somebody might be able to suggest the best type of test of significance to run, the easiest way to run it, and a good, simple resource for what the resultant values mean? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Apr 17, 2010 - 19 answers

Weft QDA: getting what you pay for?

Will Weft QDA help me do what I want to do (that is, perform a content analysis of threaded discussion transcripts with multiple coders)? If not what will? An impoverished grad student needs to know! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Feb 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Where does this data about Social Media come from?

Does anyone know the source of this bit of Social Media data? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Where to find airport passenger data?

Looking for airport passenger data. More specifically, monthly deplaned (inbound) passenger data for Miami, Orlando and Tampa from 1975 to 2008. [more inside]
posted by dunderwood on Sep 1, 2009 - 1 answer

What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis?

Lots of interrelated data, little idea of how to analyze it. What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis? [more inside]
posted by newlyminted on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Need a way to train my ear to recognize tones accurately so that I can improve my transcription data.

Looking for a flash exercise/game or some way to train my ear to recognizing tone so that I can be a better transcriber. I'm currently researching two tonal languages and I need a way to practice/improve on my skills so that my data is more complete. I don't want to devote a lot of time to this, maybe a few hours. Are there any tools out there that can help me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 4, 2009 - 6 answers

ISO data

Google-fu masters: I need some stats, STAT. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Feb 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Any survey data on recycling?

Surveys on attitudes toward and behaviors of recycling and environmental concern? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 9, 2009 - 2 answers

I Want To Have Some Fun

Beyond being a freelance writer and a professional practitioner of public affairs, my base nature, I realize, is that of a data researcher, collector and organizer. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 6, 2008 - 8 answers

wow me with the wonders of web2.0

collaborative tools, "web 2.0", community - evidence that the tech is really worth the price? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Sep 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Where can I find open GIS/location data on coal power plants?

Is there open, free, or inexpensive comprehensive data on the location of coal-fired power plants in the United States available anywhere? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on May 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Visually exploring and representing survey data.

Best ways to visually explore a large survey data set? [more inside]
posted by proj on May 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Lots of fiddly and not-so-fiddly data for research: Is OLAP my answer?

Is OLAP my answer? Someone on a stats listserve I subscribe to mentioned OLAP in passing as an approach for managing lots of smaller data tables in a sane/integrated way. I've tried googling around and reading the info on various OLAP/BI project pages. I've since looked briefly at the Pentaho suite (Mondrian, and what was Kettle et al), JasperIntelligence, SpagoBI, and Palo OLAP...briefly only because I'm not quite that technically adept to see for sure how they work and whether these types of applications do what I want them to, given that I'm not coming from what I imagine a "typical" BI user's perspective/needs might be. At this point, my head is spinning a bit. [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on Jun 11, 2007 - 1 answer

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