Bike Month: Celebrating and Educating

May is here, bringing warm weather, the end of the 2016-17 academic year, and National Bike Month. To celebrate Bike Month, in this post, we’ll be talking about the prevalence of bicycling in Champaign County, the pros and cons of the data available, and the BikeMoves Illinois app. Finally, we’ll present some upcoming events happening during […]

Data Literacy: Testing for Statistically Significant Difference Between Estimates

It’s time for another data literacy blog post, and this month we’ll be discussing how to work with the concept of statistical significance. But to be clear from the outset, what we’ll be talking about is understanding statistical significance as a data user, rather than as a statistician: interpreting published figures, not calculating or publishing […]

Library Patronage and Community Services: The Quantifiable and Non-Quantifiable Benefits of Public Libraries

March is National Reading Month, so we’re taking this opportunity to talk about public libraries, measuring library patronage, and the community, recreational, and informational benefits of public libraries in general. Champaign County is home to 10 library districts: the Champaign Public Library, the Homer Community Library, the Mahomet Public Library District, the Ogden Rose Public […]

The Statistics of Valentine’s Day: Measuring Relationships with Census Data

It’s February. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’re matching up a sentimental holiday with statistical rationality to address the following question: can we determine, by numbers or percentages, an accurate, basic relationship status breakdown in Champaign County? The short answer is yes and no. There is data on marital status and household type available […]