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Why do some communities thrive while others do not? Are there specific community at- tributes that attract people to certain communities, tempt them to set down roots and commit to the community for the long term? If so, then this is valuable information for community leaders who wish to grow their communities by attracting both employers and employees and improving the local economic climate.
As part of the project "Soul of the Community", the Knight Foundation in cooperation with Gallup collected data from 43,000 people over three years in 26 communities across the United States. The 26 communities do not constitute a random sample of commu- nities across the United States; participating communities were those where the Knight Foundation was already active.The web site http://www.soulofthecommunity.org/ provides data by the Knight Foundation measuring the emotional attachment of people towards the community they live in. Below is a compilation of the data available at that site:
read.spssin particular, to read the data into R.
Keep checking this space for more data, we'll post changes here!
The aim of the data expo is to provide a graphical summary of important features of the data set. This is intentionally vague in order to allow different entries to focus on different aspects of the data, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
To enter the competition you need to submit a poster to the data expo session at the 2013 JSM (more details to follow closer to the time). As well as a printed poster, you're also welcome to bring along your laptop to present interactive/animated components. After the JSM, we'll also organize a special journal issue (tentatively, Computational Statistics) where you can submit a paper that describes your methodology in more detail.
Student entries and/or group entries are welcome. If the competition garners sufficient entries we will award separate prizes for student submissions. Educators may want to incorporate this competition as a class project.
The use of dynamic and/or interactive graphics is likely to be very useful, at least in the exploration of the data. This is encouraged, and we will attempt to provide support for laptops within the poster session so that dynamic/interactive graphics can be included in the poster presentation.
There will be cash prizes awarded to the best posters (as judged by a panel of experts). As well as the honour and glory, the best entries will receive an invitation to publish their work in a journal article.
To receive updates about the data expo challenge, please sign up to the competition mailing list. This mailing list will be used highlight changes to the website or data, and remind you of deadlines.