Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

Blog Post #6: Offenses and Arrests in Missouri Data

October 26, 2015 1 comment

1) I shared this data because I found the way they display their data really well illustrates the crime rates in Missouri over the years. I think this information is helpful to anyone that lives in Missouri.

2) The data in the article is from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis center, It was conducted between 1995 and 2013.

3) A question I have about this data is, What made the violent crime arrests go down in the recent years? Also, if there was anything done differently in 2006 to prevent officer deaths, and if this could be repeated to help protect them more effectively?


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Blog #6: Over half of the Missourians support clean power

1. This article is from the Kansas City Star and covers a new “Clean Power Plan” and shows the results of a survey earlier this year over Missourians who “favor stronger limits on carbon pollution”, which was 62% of the respondents.

2. The data from the survey is not listed anywhere in the article so that makes me question where it came from and how the research was conducted.

3. What will the Clean Power Plan enforce exactly? (We learned where the politicians stand on the issue but I want the article to explain more about the plan.)

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Blog 6: Missouri Made Products

October 26, 2015 1 comment
  1. This tweet/article is about what products are made in Missouri. I chose it because it went into well with the topic for this week and gave me good information.
  2. The data obtained in this article is from sites like,,,, and They used the information from this to find out percentages on Missouri’s economy, what products are from Missouri, and how they are transported. This data looks like it was obtained over some extended period of time.
  3. If we were to eliminate manufacturing could Missouri keep their economy maintained, are there enough other products to do this?


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Blog 6: Payrolls decline in 27 states in September, led by Missouri

October 25, 2015 1 comment

  1. This article discusses how Missouri led the nation with a 16,500 decrease in employment in the month of September being closely followed by Pennsylvania. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the loss of jobs shows that there is not much growth occurring in overseas markets and rock markets are causing employers to lay off staff. The last time Missouri had this high of an employment decrease was during March which was attributed to the rough winter and a lack of investment in energy-related capital. Texas and New York were two states whose employment levels actually increased. Overall, throughout the country 142,000 new employees were added to payrolls in September and the unemployment rate is still at an average of 5.1 percent.
  2. The data was collected from the United States Labor department in Washington D.C. which are released on the first Friday of every month. The Post-Dispatch sats that these figures from the various states can have higher sampling errors because they come from small surveys.
  3. Why was Missouri affected so negatively in March due to last winters “harshness” and more northern states with worse winters did not have payroll declines because of it?
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Blog #6- Painkiller Use and Hospitalization in Missouri

  1. This post shows that the use of painkillers in Missouri has exponentially risen in the past decade. The use of painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin has increased 137 percent from 2005 to 2015. I chose this post because I found the data interesting and surprising. It was interesting that the article also said that the rate of use in St. Louis has increased 162 percent in the past 10 years. Also, the rate of use in Missouri is extremely higher than the average national rate but is leveling off.
  2. This study was conducted the Missouri Hospital Association and the Hospital Industry Data Institute. They found the data through secondary sources such as hospital inpatient and outpatient discharge databases and the Nielson-Claritas 2014 Popfacts Premier which is an overview of the demographics, populations, and census information. They compared how many people had been hospitalized for use of painkillers in respect to their zip codes.
  3. I wonder how HIPPA interfered with this study and what difficulties they had obtaining the confidential patient information. Also, I think that they should have changed the way that they framed and worded this study. They are almost misleading by titling the study ” Painkiller Abuse Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. It should have been titled, “Hospital Admissions due to Painkiller Use Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. By leaving out the fact that the study was based off of those that had been admitted, not all people using, it skews the information.
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Blog 4: Public Media in Communities

November 7, 2011 1 comment

Public media is indeed necessary for a community to be properly informed.  Although there are some public media outlets that are deemed “unreliable” there are also a lot of reliable sources as well.  Without these reliable sources how would people get the information about the communities that they live in?  There are different types of public media available to suit anyone preferences, these include TV, radio, newspaper & online websites.  Over the past few years social media sites such as facebook and twitter have also become great places for people to get public information about their communities.  These sites can sometimes have misleading or wrong information but they can also inform people about things that they wouldn’t get from the newspaper or TV news.  I found an excerpt from the book Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age  and I think that it shows how and why having an informed community is important.  Without an informed community we would be lost and we need these public media sources to stay informed.

Blog 3: Collecting Surveys

October 11, 2011 1 comment

Collecting the surveys at my place of work proved to be very effective.  I was able to collect information from all different age groups, anywhere from 20-something’s to people in their 70’s were willing to participate.  I had a few people hesitate on filling out the survey because of the length but this usually wasn’t a problem.  I also found that women seemed more willing to help out then men – they always seemed like they were in a big hurry.

For the first batch of surveys I had the person fill it out themselves.  This quickly became unfavorable in my eyes because it seemed to take a while and I also had some difficulties reading the handwriting on some of the completed forms.  I didn’t really know what to do with myself while they were filling it out.  Staring at them would be inappropriate but staring at the wall seemed rude as well.

After we completed the first round of surveys, someone in class noted that they read the surveys to participants and that it took less time.  For the next 15 surveys I chose to use that method.  Not only was it easier for them to understand the questions but I could read my handwriting much easier than trying to decipher chicken scratch.  Another reason I found this method favorable was because I could circle the answer on the survey itself and then right away enter it into survey monkey which saved me some time as well.  I only thought to do that for the last couple of surveys but it still saved me some time.

I think the surveying aspect of this project would have been more pleasurable if we could have had participants fill it out online.  Entering the results into survey monkey was very tedious.. but I suppose I am the only one to blame for my procrastination.  If only I was smart enough to enter just one or two surveys everyday instead of waiting until the end, things would have been a lot easier!