Mining Data


In many of the units, I provide some “canned” data that you can use to practice the technique under discussion.  But I encourage you to “go beyond the information given.”  You might have access to data of your own (first make sure you are authorized to share it).  And the Web contains a wealth of data, just waiting for someone to access it and use it.  If you see the opportunity to pursue a question that is more interesting to you that the sample problems I provide, go for it! 


Here are some data sites that you might find interesting:  FesStats—Master link to all Federal Government data  American Fact Finder HUD’s “State of the Cities” datasystem  Current Population Survey  County Business Patterns  Economic Census  National Center for Health Statistics  Historical Census of the US Minnesota’s Land Management Information Center  Berkeley’s archive of ICPSR data






© 1996 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 11 March 2005