New Circulation Modeling Results

We just completed a long-awaiting transition to a database backend for the Reading Chicago Reading data. One of the big changes was the discovery that we had been using incorrect holdings data for one of our books. So, some of the modeling results are now slightly different, and the anomalous results for “Gold Boy” are now gone.

This change also means that we will now be able to process circulation data for books that are not OBOC selections including the books that were chosen as CPL recommendations. We will also be able to explore some new aspects of the circulation data such as the … Read more

Presentation at Chicago City Data Users Group

On May 3rd, Hyunyou Choi and Yingting Guan gave a presentation about Reading Chicago Reading at the Chicago City Data Users Group. This is a Meetup group for end users, business users, enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in how to use city data to create positive social impacts on the city.

On the presentation, they explained the goals of the project, its data sources, and the data mining techniques what we used. They demonstrated an updated version of our “Exploring Circulation Data” app:

This visualization allows users to select branch library, see its location on the… Read more

Exploring Circulation Data

Thanks to the work of graduate student Hyunyou Choi, our circulation strip-chart tool has now been made interactive. This tool allows for the interactive visualization of the circulation patterns of the various “One Book, One Chicago” selections across different clusters of library branches and to highlight individual branches.

See below for an example. Follow this link to try it yourself:

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