Assignments for Jan. 29

Written Critique: In no less than 400 words, critique this Tulsa World story, paying particular attention to the methodology the paper employed and how it explained its use of the data. Is it clear to you? What don’t you understand? Is the information worth publishing? Finally, how would you have approached this story?

Excel: Using the Fairfax County Arrest file, import it into Excel and use the weekday function to add the day of the week to each row. Using a filter, isolate all of the rows that are not from Virginia. Hint: Filter has a “custom” option that you can use to employ Boolean logic (AND/OR/NOT).

Also, follow along with this Excel tutorial, beginning at page 8 (where it starts with this data file). You can skip the bit about printing, but otherwise continue to the end of the PDF using the Excel file. Please email me both Excel files and your critique.


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