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...

The Ever-Shifting Sands of Geography Rosters

It is a familiar story heard here at AGS… “I loaded the data that I received from you into my GIS application, but when I map it, there is a county with no data. Please take a look at the attached map. Why don’t you have data for this area?” The accompanying map...

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Environmental Databases: Precipitation

In North Texas, like most areas of the southwest, it has been a dry summer. Drought conditions now covers the majority of the area, and Fort Worth hasn’t seen measurable rain since June. It’s becoming blatantly obvious who has a sprinkler system and who does not. But...

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How Walkable Is Your City?

For those of us trying to save a few dollars on gas money, looking to help the environment or even just looking for physical activity, you might be tempted to walk to the store, or at least take public transportation, instead of driving your car. But, depending on...

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Choosing Directions: North Versus South

For many years our users have been regularly hounding me for data for Canada. After all, it seemed a natural extension of our geographic coverage to head back to the land of my birth. We avoided it for the longest time because we didn’t have the bandwidth but more...

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July 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 July 2022. SiteSeer Very few...

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A Playlist for the Data Scientist

To be a data person is to be a tragic and lonely creature riding the roller coaster that comes along with trying to answer a question with error laden data that doesn’t measure what you think it does. So, we came up with a play list that mirrors your typical day (and...

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