Dealing with many dimensions in historical data: Tracking cooperation & conflict patterns over space and time in R

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This content was first published on The Data Team @ The Data Lab blog. For this post, I’ve managed to find some extremely interesting historical event data offered by the Cline Center on this page. As you will see, this dataset can be quite challenging because of the sheer number of dimensions you could look at. With so many options, it becomes tricky to create visualisations with the ‘right’ level of granularity: not so high-level that any interesting patterns are obscured, but not too detailed and overcrowded either.


Data guidelines: A set of recommendations for clean and usable data

          

This content was first published on The Data Team @ The Data Lab blog. The extent to which a dataset follows a set of commonly expected guidelines will often determine how much time you have left to spend thinking about your analysis. Ideally, you might intend to spend 20% of your time cleaning the data for a project, and 80% planning and carrying out your actual analysis. But often, it might turn out to be the complete opposite.


LA maps of crime: Using R to map criminal activity in LA since 2010

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This content was first published on The Data Team @ The Data Lab blog. I’ve recently come across data.gov — a huge resource for open data. At the time of writing, there are close to 17,000 freely available datasets stored there, including this one offered by the LAPD. Interestingly, this dataset includes almost 1.6M records of criminal activity occurring in LA since 2010 — all of them described according to a variety of measures (you can read about them here).