The University of Chicago (U of C, Chicago, or UChicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, it holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings.

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University of Chicago
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  •   For this month’s blog post, we are will talk about the representativeness of Data@Work Research Hub data. The Data@Work Research Hub is a collection of public datasets produced by the Open Skills Project from a growing pool of public and private administrative data sources, such as job postings, resumes, profiles, etc. for the purpose […]

University of Chicago
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  •   Trying to find a good job training program can be daunting. How do you know if the skills they teach are valuable in the job market? And how can you be sure they’re doing a good job of teaching those skills? Especially, when the costs can be high. It can feel like a gamble […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • The Multiple Housing team in San Jose’s Code Enforcement Office is tasked with protecting the occupants of properties with three or more units, such as apartment buildings, fraternities, sororities, and hotels. They do so by conducting routine inspections of these properties, looking for everything from blight and pest infestations to faulty construction and fire hazards. […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • Behavioral science and psychology can help explain the underlying reasons for seemingly irrational behavior which cities aim to address, such as using payday loans or committing property crimes. Unfortunately, determining the underlying causes of human behavior is difficult for a single individual, let alone an entire population. However, the vast amounts of data collected by […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • Combining datasets and performing large aggregate analyses are powerful new ways to improve service across large populations. Critically important in this task is the deduplication of identities across multiple data sets that were rarely designed to work together. Inconsistent data entry, typographical errors, and real world identity changes pose significant challenges to this process. To […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  •   The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful and cost-effective...

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • We wanted to share an update with you from the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship team. Based on the funding situation and other projects that we’re launching and continuing, we have decided not to run a DSSG summer fellowship this summer. I know this will come as a disappointment to a lot of you […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system — the water infrastructure — as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of repairing water main breaks and replacing the […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • In recent years, the issue of police violence and misconduct has repeatedly made headlines and inspired protests across the United States. With each incident, the trust between police departments and the communities they protect takes damage, and the work of police officers in the field becomes more difficult and dangerous. As a result, police departments […]

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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  • Resources in this post:  Blank Project Scoping Worksheet and a filled out Project Scoping Worksheet . Over the past several years, the University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy and the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship have worked on over 40 data science projects and one (unsurprising) lesson we’ve learned over those years is […]

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