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The World Right Across the Street From You

A lot of knowledge comes out of Johns Hopkins University. Unfortunately, for many different reasons, it doesn’t get translated into wisdom… The wisdom to do something about the most violent city in the United States.

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How Many Guns Were Within 1,000 Feet of Schools in Baltimore in 2018?

Modern software programs allow you to analyze spatial data quite easily, but it may be hard to replicate what you did without a detailed how-to manual and instructions you write as you go. Programming languages such as R and others allow you to write code and comments in that code, so it will be easy to follow what you did and reproduce it time after time.

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Seeing Data in Time and Space

How can you put three-dimensional data on two dimensions and still tell a story? Let me tell you how.

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A Web-Based Application to Visualize Homicides in Baltimore City Between 2005 and 2017

“How many African American women were killed by firearm in the Cherry Hill Community Statistical Area of Baltimore in 2016?” None. I was able to answer this question for you quickly because I have a dataset on homicides in Baltimore between 2005 and 2017. The dataset is the result of data from 2005 to 2016 […]

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The Imbalances of Violence

There’s a theory in criminology called the “Routine Activities Theory.” The theory posits that there are three factors that figure into whether or not violence happens in a particular place and time, and how much violence happens. The three factors are targets, guardians and villains (aka “motivated offenders”). I’ll explain the factors a little more […]

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A Quick Geographical Analysis of Homicides in Baltimore Before and During the Current Homicide Epidemic

There was a lot of police movement yesterday as I headed home. By the time I did get home, I found out via the news that a homicide detective had been shot in the head. His condition is very severe, and the prognosis is poor according to all reports. What a lot of people — […]

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The things that will kill you

Just listening to the news, you’d think that all of us were going to get killed tomorrow from a massive terrorist attack. Heck, some of my colleagues have been going on so much about Zika that they make it seem like we’re all going to die from Zika… Or that a whole generation of children are […]

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Don’t click on the comments

You’ve probably heard of internet trolls if you’ve been on the internet for any amount of time. These are people who make it their mission in life to post comments (or other content) with the intention of getting a reaction out of others. Sometimes the comments seem innocent enough, like someone who is “just asking […]

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