Why Data?

Welcome to my new blog!

Beginning today I will be posting short, highly approachable stories about how I use large datasets in different ways to approach my everyday activities. Starting out, my hopes for this blog are threefold: (1) to share creative ways to look at publicly available data, (2) to improve my own understanding of techniques and of the world, and (3) to make data manipulation and visualization more accessible to everyone.

I work in a public health sciences lab, and spend most of my time there looking at large datasets. But why bring that home? In short, because “big data” isn’t just available in pre-canned fashion to scientists and is capable of revealing interesting things to without needing PhD-trained researchers and rigorous statistics. While I don’t condone bad statistics, my mission is to show that interesting data lies all around us—and you can learn a lot simply by asking engaging questions, and maybe a few handy skills at the keyboard.

Finally, please do contact me at any time with questions, insights, suggestions, errors with my work, etc. My email is kt@kevintrickey.com, and be sure to check out the rest of my website as well! I look forward to hearing from you!

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