Category Archives: Sociology

Visualizing crime in Chicago

We just put up a fun guest blog post over on Socrata’s blog: http://www.socrata.com/blog/crime-time-visualizing-crime-data-chicago/

Here’s a little teaser from that post, the daily rhythms of various crimes in Chicago:
Which Crime at What Time - Daily2

Enjoy the post!

The American lifecycle, by the data

Hover over the dotted links below to visualize them. You’re young. You live with family or friends. You find someone. You’re 24, you’re pretty happy, you’re in love. You’re 30, some lil ones are now underfoot. They’ll be there for some time. You’re 60, they’re gone. It’s just the two of you again. You’re 85,Continue Reading

The Statwing Prize

$1,500 for the most interesting analyses of the General Social Survey Every other year since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has asked thousands of Americans 90 minutes of questions about religion, culture, beliefs, sex, politics, family, and a lot more. The resulting dataset has been cited by more than 14,000 academic papers, books, andContinue Reading

Open data: the General Social Survey (40 years of explorable data about American society)

Every other year since 1972, the General Social Survey has asked thousands of Americans 90 minutes of questions about religion, culture, beliefs, sex, politics, family, and a lot more. The resulting dataset has been cited by more than 14,000 academic papers, books, and dissertations. And it’s routinely cited in the news. We’ve loaded it intoContinue Reading

Every U.S. age group, region, religion, and party is moving towards marijuana legalization (General Social Survey analysis)

A recent CNN poll and analysis of the General Social Survey (GSS) found that “senior citizens, Republicans, and Southerners [are] the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot.” Statwing analysis of the GSS adds a level of nuance: while those groups are still on balance against legalization, they’re moving towardsContinue Reading

Republicans have been losing moderates (and liberals) for 20 years

Yesterday Gallup published poll results showing an all-time low of Americans Identifying as Republicans. We statistically analyzed data from the General Social Survey to identify which groups were leaving the Republican party. The answer? Moderates, liberals, the wealthy, the young, and the well-educated, but not women., Republicans have been defecting to “Independent” for 20 yearsContinue Reading

The Most Interesting Survey in the World: the General Social Survey (1972 – 2012) | Part 1

The General Social Survey is the most frequently cited social science dataset (except for the U.S. Census). More than 14,000 academic papers, books, and dissertations are based on this biennial, 90-minute survey, conducted since 1972. Until now, exploring this dataset required painstaking downloads, codebooks, and installed software. Now anyone can play around with it onlineContinue Reading