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Blog 7: Statistics of Bipolar Disorder

November 14, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The quantitative data in this article show the outcome variables of bipolar disorder from all ethnicities in the world today.
  2. The data taken from this article is from multiple sources, including the University of Maryland, Abbott Laboratories research, the Mental Health Research Association, and the World Health Organization to name a few. Unfortunately, I could not find out where or how these sources collected their information on bipolar individuals.
  3. The wording to describe specific symptoms of bipolar depression was never explained. It made statistics difficult to understand because I did not comprehend an episode or a mania definitively.

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Missouri Leads the Nation in Black Homicide Rates

October 25, 2015 1 comment
  1. This article discussed how Missouri’s Black Homicide rate is first in the country. Specifically, if you are black, you are seven times more likely to be murdered compared to non-blacks, two times the national black homicide rate.
  2. This data was reported by the Violence Policy Center based in Washington D.C. They took unpublished, Supplementary Homicide Report data from the FBI from 2012, the most recent data reported.
  3. I am unsure how the data would compare to a state like Illinois, Illinois has a higher population compared to Missouri and Chicago has the worst murder rate in the country. Could the population differences skew the data?

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Categories: BLOG 6

Are AP Courses Necessary Before College?

October 19, 2015 1 comment
  1. This study focuses on students who completed more credit hours prior to college by taking advanced placement courses in high school were more likely to graduate than the students who didn’t. I chose this because I’m graduating next semester and didn’t take any high school AP courses, so I felt proud of myself.
  2. The data from this article is from one of Texas’ postsecondary institutions. The subjects are first time students entering this particular institution, the institution’s name was not given.
  3. I would like to know the statistic of students getting their masters after finishing their bachelor’s degree with dual credit hours.

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Categories: BLOG 5

Incredible Social Media Statistics

  1. This article shows an infographic of interesting statistics of the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, and Pinterest. I chose this because I believe social media will be the main medium of how my generation will receive its information, therefore analyzing these trends can strengthen that argument.
  2. The data was collected by Brian Honigman of the Washington Post in November of 2012. He analyzed studies from various websites about social media and condensed the quantitative data from them into a list. From this list, a website called iStrategyLabs made an infographic to make the information visually appealing to the reader.
  3. Although this data was taken in 2012, which is fairly recent, I would like to see how these past trends could predict social media statistics for the year 2015 and compare those predictions to actual numbers from these social media platforms today. Also, a majority of statistics provided were reported in November, it not take account for the entire year of 2012; thus it messes up the data a little by not accounting for about 16 percent of the year.

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Blog 3: Boehner’s Enacted Bills Compared to Past Speakers

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article compares the number of bills Speaker of the House John Boehner enacted compared to past speakers. This is important because he announced his resignation this past weekend and could deeply effect the relationship between the two parties in Congress.
  2. This data was recorded with GovTrack. GovTrack is a website that collects quantitative data of members of Congress and other representatives, such as voting records.
  3. The article showed the lowest rate of bills enacted by a Speaker was Boehner, and the article defends him because he had to work with two other Democrats. What I would like to know from this data is how did political affliation affect bills enacted for other Speakers.

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Bears Fans Should Not Count on Cutty When They Need Him

September 14, 2015 1 comment
  1. This article examines the past 15 drives for the tie or go ahead Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has had against the Green Bay Packers. I chose it because it reflects on my pessimistic attitude I have about my favorite team this season.
  2. The article gathered quantitative data of 7 fourth quarters Jay Cutler attempted to lead the team to tie or win against the Green Bay Packers since he has been the first string quarterback for the Chicago Bears. There were only a specified amount of results that could’ve happened, which are a turnover, touchdown, field goal, interception, or end to a game.
  3. At the tail end of the presentation slide, it gives overall statistics of the frequency of field goals, interceptions, turnovers, punts, and end of games. They list field goals as a positive, which it can be, but a field goal in the first 4th quarter game did not grant the Bears a win for that game; which confuses me on what the article was attempting to accomplish.

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Categories: BLOG 2

Blog 1: Hurricane Katrina, and Specifically Hurricanes, Top Disaster Relief Expenses

August 30, 2015 1 comment
  1. The United States has spent nearly one trillion dollars on disaster relief funds. The article breaks down the expenses to compare costs of each weather disaster that has affected the country.
  2. The data for these expenses was collected by the National Centers for Environmental Information from 1980 to 2014.
  3. In 2014, wildfires ravaged in California and I’m curious ton its comparison to the 1991 Oakland firestorm.

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