BIG DATA / a series of infographics
After studying a wide-range of topics, issues and projects involving Big Data, it's uses and it’s implications, students were asked to produce a project of our own. After sourcing, scrubbing, filtering and asking meaningful questions of the data, we presented our findings visually.
Course: Big Data with Debra Anderson and Greta Bookstein. Fall 2013.
I am fascinated by the idea that subjectivity can be quantified. Limiting my scope to large Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), I began by looking at a Well-Being Index, which asked evaluated respondants’ well-being based on measures such as access to healthcare, and frequency of produce consumption. I compared this with more “objective” data such as unemployment, income levels and crime, seeking conclusive evidence that somehow the three were linked. My findings were both satisfying and surprising, and I displayed these in a series of infographics.
Gallup Well-Being Index: Well-Being by MSA (2010-2012)
US Census Bureau: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010-2012)
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Crime by MSA (2010-2012)