« June 2011 | Main | October 2011 »

September 27, 2011

From Eurobarometer List: Eurobarometer online access via ZACAT

we are pleased to announce the end of the temporarily reduced availability of recent Eurobarometer through the GESIS online data catalogue ZACAT. Again ALL available and officially released STANDARD & SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER primary data (and related documentation) can be accessed at:

For information on current embargo provisions please see:

Apologizing once more any inconvenience in the past and with kind regards

Meinhard Moschner


GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Dept. Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS)

Posted by ronbo at 06:00 PM

From Openspace List: OpenGeoDa available: super-fast LISA/Gi-stats, new Table

OpenGeoDa beta release is available for download:

This is a major new release and is the last beta release before 1.0.
Here are some of the changes:

- Major speedup to LISA and Getis-Ord Gi-Statistics. When a
multi-core processor is detected, pseudo p-val calculations are
split up amongst the cores. On some machines a > 20x speedup is
- Table code totally rewritten with many new features.
- Table: can drag columns to reorder and new column order remembered
after saving Table
- Table: Edit Field Properties dialog added. Can rename fields and
change all field properties such as field width and number of
displayed decimals
- Table: Field Calculation: Can generate Gaussian Normal distribution
- Table: Field Calculation: Can randomly shuffle order of any
numerical field
- Table: Replaced Range dialog with new more powerful Selection Dialog
- Table: undefined / invalid numbers appear as blank entries. For
example, square root of negative numbers appear as blanks rather
than zeros. Use new Selection Dialog to find all undefined numbers
- Merge Table Dialog: more robust and powerful. Automatically
identifies and eliminates duplicate field names.
- Regression: fixed a problem where invalid results could occur
after adding a new field to Table without saving first.
- Many small bug fixes and stability improvements.

Please see the release notes for the complete history of changes:

Mark McCann, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation

Posted by ronbo at 05:08 PM

From Revolution Analytics: Webinar: Introduction to R for SAS and SPSS Users

Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM Pacific Time
Presenter: Bob Muenchen, University of Tennessee, Author of R for SAS and SPSS Users, creater of

R is free software for data analysis and graphics that is similar to SAS and SPSS. Two million people are part of the R Open Source Community. Its use is growing very rapidly and Revolution Analytics distributes a commercial version of R that adds capabilities that are not available in the Open Source version. This 60-minute webinar is for people who are familiar with SAS or SPSS who want to know how R can strengthen their analytics strategy. It will include:

* What R is and how it compares to SAS and SPSS
* An overview of how to install and maintain it
* How to find R add-on modules comparable to those for SAS and SPSS
* Which of R’s many user interfaces are most like those of SAS and SPSS
* How to run R from within SAS and SPSS
* What a simple R program looks like
* Q&A with Bob Muenchen

Join us for this webcast and find out how SAS and SPSS users can take advantage of R.

Presenter Bio
Bob Muenchen is the author of R for SAS and SPSS Users and, with Joseph M. Hilbe, R for Stata Users. He is also the creator of, a popular web site devoted to helping people learn R. Bob is a consulting statistician with 30 years of experience and is currently the manager of the Research Computing Support (formerly the Statistical Consulting Center) at the University of Tennessee. He has conducted research for a variety of public and private organizations and has assisted on more than 1,000 graduate theses and dissertations. He has written or coauthored over 50 articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Bob also serves on advisory panels for IBM’s SPSS Corporation and SAS Institute.


Posted by ronbo at 01:57 PM

September 23, 2011

From US Census Bureau - Census Bureau Releases 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates, the most relied-on
source for up-to-date socioeconomic information every year. The release covers more than 40 topics, such as
educational attainment, income, health insurance coverage, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity,
ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Due to a technical issue, a limited number of products for smaller geographic areas are not available through American
FactFinder at this time. However, all Detailed Tables are accessible in the ACS Summary File, through the Census Bureau’s FTP site. Working with the ACS Summary File requires computer expertise. Technical documentation is available here.
Data users who are not able to access the Summary File can contact the American Community Survey Office at
(301) 763-1405 or

The Census Bureau will release the full set of ACS products for all areas of 65,000 or more in American FactFinder on
September 27. Estimates will be available in detailed tables for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more.

See the Census Bureau's American FactFinder to find statistics for your area.

Important release information can be found on our 2010 Data Release page.

In addition, the Census Bureau released today a set of American Community Survey Briefs.
These short reports supplement detailed tables with additional analysis on four key topics.

These include the following:
Health Insurance Coverage of Workers Aged 18 to 64, by Work Experience: 2008 and 2010
Employment/Population Ratios for the 50 Largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas: 2008, 2009, and 2010
Household Income for States: 2009 and 2010
The Foreign Born From Latin America and the Caribbean: 2010

If you need information or have questions about the survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.

Thank you,
American Community Survey Office
U.S. Census Bureau

Posted by ronbo at 09:28 AM