Mike Stucka became The Palm Beach Post's self-titled data dork in early 2016, after finding ways to bring data into regular beat work for The Telegraph of Macon, Ga., The Salem (Mass.) News, and other publications all the way back to his undergraduate newspaper.
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COVID-19 story recipe: Analyzing nursing home data for infection-control problems
Where to find the data, how to explore it, and questions to ask to reproduce the story for your communityPosted on
A USA Today analysis found that three-quarters of nursing homes have been cited for infection-control problems in recent years. Here’s how you can reproduce the story for your community.
Notes on Working with Big-ish Data
What we learned handling data just big and messy enough to be a giant painPosted on
I finished a project with a home-built table that was about 16GB, some 60 million rows by 110ish fields. It was…big. Sometimes it was painful. Mostly, though, it worked out, and it got us what I think is a damned good story. Anyway, I think it was Ben Welsh who’d observed something like: We have some good tools to work with Big Data, but not great tools for data that’s not quite so big. I ran into that situation.