Dealing with the 2020 Census

A tremendous effort in the analytics world is devoted to the task of data preparation and cleansing. Data exchanges refer to ‘curated’ data, which suggests that the suppliers of that data have gone to the trouble of estimating missing fields, reigning in outliers, and...

Optimizing Online Ads with Data

  In the years since “big data” became a term, the scope of what data can do to enhance your business has changed and evolved. If you own a business, you likely are paying for some kind of online advertising. Google Ads, social media advertising, and any other...

Personal Reflections on the Geo-Spatial World

I started my undergraduate degree in geography in the late 1970’s, but lest you think I roamed free with the dinosaurs, I admit to being slightly underage for a college freshman and most species were likely already extinct. It was an exciting time in geography as the...

Database Overview: Non-Resident Population

What started out as a project to keep the data team busy (and inside) during the early days of Covid lockdown has quickly become one of our customer’s favorite databases. The impact of the non-resident population on a site – restaurant or retail – can be substantial,...

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Where Did Everybody Go?

In Toronto, where I grew up, the summer ritual for many middle-income families included the trek from the city to cottage country every weekend from Victoria Day (May 24th) to Labor Day. The weekly migration of the herds could have easily been a National Geographic...

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June 2022 Round-Up

At the end of each month, the AGS team looks back at articles and blog posts that we saw this month that stood out to us. Some are from news agencies, and many come from our partners, but not all use our data. Here is the round-up from June 2022. Cubit Planning Lots...

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Finding the Rebels-Happy 4th of July

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence, freeing the 13 colonies from the monarchy of Britain. For King George III, it was basically a declaration of war, but for the colonies, now free, independent states, it...

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Wildfire Season 2022

The talk of a bad wildfire season is everywhere in the news, as 3 million acres of U.S. land has already been burned this year due to wildfires. With extreme heat warnings across the country and low amounts of rainfall, this summer could be brutal for wildfires. Here...

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