Stat-a-thon

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Agustin Armendariz of The New York Times; David Donald of Investigative Reporting Workshop-American University; Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News; Dan Keating of The Washington Post; Sharon Machlis of International Data Group; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

*Moderated by Jennifer LaFleur, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Can your R beat up my SPSS? When it comes to stats, there are many tools. There are many tools for doing statistical analysis, but does every tool yield the same results? What are the pros and cons of each program? We'll run the same data through different tools and find out. Our stat-letes will use R, SPSS, Pandas, SAS and Excel.

This session is good for: Folks with a basic understanding of stats

Speaker Bios

  • Agustin "Augie" Armendariz is a reporter at The New York Times who specializes in data analysis. Before that he was the senior data analyst at the The Center for Investigative Reporting, and worked at the San Diego-Union Tribune. He’s an alum of American University and the Center for Public Integrity. @agustin_NYT

  • David Donald is the data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit newsroom at American University. Donald also is on the faculty as data journalist in-residence. Prior to the Workshop, he was data editor the Center for Public Integrity and was training director for IRE and NICAR, conducting sessions in the States and internationally. He is the recipient of the Philip Meyer Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, among others.@david_donald

  • Holly Hacker is an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. She worked in the IRE/NICAR Data Library while earning her master's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism. She was part of the team that won the 2007 Philip Meyer Award for exposing cheating on standardized tests in Texas. @hollyhacker

  • Keating has done data and reporting at The Post since 1999. Previously worked 11 years at Miami Herald, including four years in Key West Bureau. Before that he was a cops-and-court reporter at The Berkshire Eagle. @dtkeating http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/dan-keating

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • Sharon has been finding ways to marry computers and journalism ever since creating her first dial-up bulletin board system. She's written about technology for the Middlesex News and Computerworld, where she won an ASBPE national gold award for investigative reporting. She is currently Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG ... and somewhat obsessed with R. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication & Journalism should be out within a year. @sharon000

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