As far as I am concerned, today is the first day of Spring in Milwaukee.
Seth Kadish, blogging at Vizual Statistix, has a great data visualization comparing the orientation and congruity of various U.S. metropolitan street grids.
The plots reveal some stark trends. Most of the counties considered do conform to a grid pattern. This is particularly pronounced with
Chicago, even though much of Cook County is suburban. Denver,
Jacksonville, Houston, and Washington, D.C., also have dominant grid
patterns that are oriented in the cardinal directions.
Downtown Boston has some
gridded streets, but the suburban grids are differently aligned,
dampening the expression of a single grid on the rose diagram.
Finally, the minimal geographic extents of the grids in Charlotte and
Honolulu are completely overwhelmed by the winding roads of the
suburbs, resulting in plots that show only slight favoritism for
certain street orientations.
And then he does the same for some European metros:
Why it’s a big deal that half of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice.
Would be more intuitive to the the user if the “median ice concentration” variable was scaled from gray to white instead of gray to black.
A data scientist that says ‘Tell me what to do’ isn’t a data scientist. He will be a data analyst, at most. Someone who calls himself a scientist must be guided always by questions, not answers. He must be able to make questions by himself. Even if someone else tells him what to do, he should question it, think about other solutions and even more questions that could give insights that weren’t even demanded. Otherwise, he can’t call himself data scientist, but data something else. That’s the beauty of this profession. Maths require both hemispheres, it demands logic and creativity. Otherwise, you are condemned to be substituted by an algorithm sooner or later.
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Sweet gear and mustache cuff links. Milwaukee style.
'Milwaukee Machine Tools - Let's Keep it Here!' ad - 1945
A legacy that still endures. More so than beer.
7.5% of Wisconsin uses ”an unsupported operating system to access the Internet.” This says a lot about Wisconsin. IMHO, it’s a good indicator of the cultural challenge we face in growing high tech sectors. Just compare to Minnesota - at 5.45%. Enough said.
Windows XP usage in USA
Wisconsin’s largest metros are surprisingly dense
New Smart Growth America report determines that Milwaukee and Madison top the charts in terms of density and work-home connections.
- Milwaukee is one of the most “compact and connected” large metros in the U.S
- Madison is the most “compact and connected” medium-sized metro.
(h/t The Dish)
A Rustbelt Makeover
Here’s some of your rough government data, Milwaukee. With a new cut and polish, you really shine.
This interactive map is built from a simple data series: the ages of 139,931 residential buildings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The building data, maintained by the City of Milwaukee as part of a larger property database, has been hidden in plain sight for years.
Using only the age of a building plus the shape of the property that it sits upon, this map invites you to explore a city in a new way. Even a casual user can find quick insight in the data – perhaps noting new infill development in Milwaukee’s core (an indicator of urban renewal?).
Or, seeing how past housing booms still shape the nature and distribution of the City’s existing housing stock.
Explore the patterns on your own block – click here for the complete, zoomable map. Learn more about the map’s data and inspiration here.
It’s surprising to see that Milwaukee and Madison are very similar in terms of venture capital investment on a per capita bases. And, they actually “out-perform” the Twin Cities and Chicago metros by this measure.
This map is from the Martin Prosperity Institute and Richard Florida’s recent report on venture capital investment trends. An interesting read.