Discoveries In Data

We live in an amazing world of data. You can find open datasets everywhere. Today I took a quick look at a dataset provided by the Government of Ontario. The dataset shows the services that people with developmental disabilities received in Ontario in 2013. As you can do with most datasets: I threw it into a spreadsheet and then tried to see if I could find anything interesting. After doing a couple of pivot tables and filters, I noticed that for every age group, the number of males supported is higher than the number of females.

Developmental disability support: Client profiles By Age Group and Gender

Source Data:

Spreadsheet (with pivot tables, etc.)

It’s an interesting blip in the data, and it is certainly worth a second look. When I have more time, I will look back at the previous year’s demographic datasets to see if the male/female split is indicative of the whole population.

Do Your Own Data Experiment

You can do your own data experiments. Grab some data from Ontario Open Data or Canada Open Data and start to analyze what you see. You might not run into any great mysteries, but you might run into something that continues to pique your curiosity.