Here at the Urban Institute, researchers often need to geocode addresses — that is, take input text, like postal addresses, and turn them…
Graham MacDonaldHaving trouble figuring out which geocoder is best, or whether it's ethical or legal to use it?
We run through how we determined the best central geocoding system at Urban (and apologize for legal restrictions on sharing all results!). #DataScience
Advocacy for the publication of government information as standardized, machine-readable data.
Graham MacDonaldFantastic event put on by @DataCoalition/@NickRHart today #GovDATAx. High level speakers from industry and government, and great conversations. They are making sure we continue to make data progress in the federal government. Check them out
New housing bills awaiting approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom would make it easier and cheaper to build granny flats.
Graham MacDonaldAB 68, just signed into law in CA, is a pretty big deal for increasing housing supply via relaxing most standards, processes, and prohibitions around accessory dwelling units, by all accounts and my read of it.
Social science has recently had numerous episodes of influential research that was found invalid when rigorously scrutinized. Spurred by the growing sense that many published results are potentially erroneous, those conducting social science...
Graham MacDonaldBecoming more radicalized by this book.
We expect such rigor in academic tables, figures, math, equations, regression results, and appendices. So why don't we require authors to share code/data/pre-registration/etc.?
I’ve placed my bet on R as the future of research innovation at the Urban Institute.
Graham MacDonaldI've gotten surprisingly little hate on this take. Perhaps it's that Stata 16 just came out and #rstats folks are busy arguing about dplyr vs data.table? Either way, I'll take it. #DataScience
Graham MacDonaldOne of the biggest sea changes I've seen at Urban (not just anecdotally, but in usage stats), is using R for geospatial analysis.
It's remarkable seeing the rise of R against the decline of GIS desktop usage over the past year. #rstats #DataScience
The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Eric Jonas on Pywren, scientific computation, and machine learning.
Graham MacDonaldThis podcast with @stochastician is probably the first one in a while that has taught me something new about data science about every minute.
So I have a Berkeley bias, but still, definitely worth a listen [Warning: it gets technical].
You might think the only organizations that take advantage of this age of “big data” are financial firms, technology firms, health…
Graham MacDonaldMy colleague Kyle Ueyama wrote about the system we built that allows researchers easy, cost-efficient access to powerful big data resources without changing their workflow. medium.com/@urban_institu…
Here's why I think it's a big deal for social science (short thread)... 1/6
tl;dr If you are running R on Windows you can easily upgrade to the latest version of R using the installr package. Simply run the following code: # installing/loading the latest installr package: install.packages("installr"); library(installr) #...