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Hogan 2018 Vote Share by Voter Density
In this document I analyze how the share of the vote for Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election varied based on the density of registered voters in each county. I also look at how Hogan’s share of the vote varied based on the voter density of each precinct in Howard County.
Changing Support for Marriage Equality by State
In this document I create Dorling cartograms showing changing estimates of public support for marriage equality by state in 1994-1996 (the first years for which I was able to find data), 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2017. I also create a similar cartogram showing estimates of public support by state in 2015 for inclusion of transgender individuals in non-discrimination policies.
Baseball salaries vs. performance
In this document I compare the salaries of Major League Baseball position players versus their performance as measured by the “on-base plus slugging” (OPS) statistic. I also explore the distribution of players’ time spent in the major leagues, since players’ lifetime earnings are determined not only by their salaries but also by how many years they play.
US Murder Rates and Deaths from Terrorism
In this document I pull together various U.S. crime statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program and use them to create a graph of murder rates over the past few decades, including a breakdown of murder rates for police departments serving a selected set of cities larger than a half-million people, and a comparison of the murder rate for African American men to the overall U.S. murder rate. I also compare the number of murders in the U.S. to the number of U.S. deaths resulting from terror attacks in the U.S., for the years 1995 through 2016 (including 2001 and the 9/11 attacks) and for the years 2002 through 2016 (post-9/11), using information from the Global Terrorism Database.
Index of Economic Freedom Comparisons
In this document I contrast country scores in the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom, focusing on the U.S. versus the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with New Zealand included as an example of a top-ranking country.
Howard County Turnout in the 2014 General Election, Part 2
An analysis of turnout data for the 2014 general election in Howard County, Maryland. Part 2 contains some basic exploration of the turnout data, using a version of the statewide precinct-level dataset created in part 1.
Howard County Turnout in the 2014 General Election, Part 1
An analysis of turnout data for the 2014 general election in Howard County, Maryland. Part 1 looks at the state-wide turnout datasets for the Maryland 2014 general election and creates a version of the precinct-level turnout dataset for use in subsequent parts.
Creating Howard County Precinct Cartograms Based on 2014 Registered Voters, Part 3
In part 1 of this series I described the overall process of preparing Howard County map data for use with the scapetoad application. In part 2 I described the process of running the scapetoad application to produce the desired cartogram(s) and checking the results. In this document I present examples of the completed cartograms, including overlaying Howard County council district, Maryland state legislative district, and US congressional district boundaries on the base precinct-level cartogram. I present an unmodified precinct map as a comparison.
Allan Kittleman’s Election-Day Victory Margins in the Howard County 2014 General Election, Part 3
In this analysis I use precinct-level results from the Howard County 2014 general election (courtesy of the Maryland State Board of Elections) to look at Allan Kittleman’s margin of victory across the county on election day in the race for Howard County Executive. Unlike my previous analysis in part 2 of this series, here the map is deliberately distorted to have the area covered by each precinct be proportional to the number of registered voters in that precinct.
Creating Howard County Precinct Cartograms Based on 2014 Registered Voters, Part 2
Precincts in western Howard County are much larger than precincts in Columbia and eastern Howard County, so they visually dominate maps showing election data. To reduce this effect I create cartograms, maps in which the visual sizes of the precincts are in proportion to the number of registered voters in each precinct. In this document I describe the process of running the scapetoad application to produce the actual cartograms.
Creating Howard County Precinct Cartograms Based on 2014 Registered Voters, Part 1
Precincts in western Howard County are much larger than precincts in Columbia and eastern Howard County, so they visually dominate maps showing election data. To reduce this effect I create cartograms, maps in which the visual sizes of the precincts are in proportion to the number of registered voters in each precinct. In this document I describe the process of preparing precinct map data for use in the scapetoad application, which creates such cartograms.
Allan Kittleman’s Election-Day Victory Margins in the Howard County 2014 General Election, Part 2
In this analysis I use precinct-level results from the Howard County 2014 general election (courtesy of the Maryland State Board of Elections) to look at Allan Kittleman’s margin of victory across the county on election day in the race for Howard County Executive. I present the data as a map of Howard County with the precincts colored according to Kittleman’s absolute and relative margins of victory, and with county council boundaries added.
Allan Kittleman’s Election-Day Victory Margins in the Howard County 2014 General Election, Part 1
This analysis uses precinct-level results from the Howard County 2014 general election (courtesy of the Maryland State Board of Elections) to look at Allan Kittleman’s margins of victory across the county on election day. I’m interested in the general question of whether there seemed to be an “enthusiasm gap” in which Kittleman’s election-day results were particularly lopsided, e.g., due to increased turnout of Republican voters or unusually high support for Kittleman from Democrats and unaffiliated voters. In this document I present the data in the form of histograms.
Howard County 2014 Residential Building Permits, Example 3
This is a continuation of my previous examples of analyzing building permit data from the [data.howardcountymd.gov][data] site to answer the following question: Which localities within Howard County, Maryland, saw the most residential building permits issued in 2014? In this example I create a map of Howard County with the varying number of permits shown using variations in color from one zip code area to another.
Howard County, Maryland, 2014 Residential Building Permits, Example 2
This is an extension of my previous example of analyzing building permit data from the data.howardcountymd.gov site to answer the following question: Which localities within Howard County, Maryland, saw the most residential building permits issued in 2014? In this version I streamline the analysis by using a data processing “pipeline” and then graph the results.
Howard County 2014 Residential Building Permits, Example 1
This is a simple example of analyzing building permit data from the data.howardcountymd.gov site. I want to answer the following question: Which localities within Howard County, Maryland, saw the most residential building permits issued in 2014?