The week's top data analysis links...
Last week the Population Association of America conference wrapped up in New Orleans. This week's theme, of course: population models and methods.
One of the best sessions I attended was "Social Media, Digital Tracks and Demography." Papers showed how demographic researchers might use Twitter to collect research data, how cell phone positioning systems might be used to better understand human mobility patterns, and how Facebook connections could be used to understand the proximity of people in networks.
METHODOLOGY COMPENDIUM ONLINE
While this wasn't presented at the conference, it's usefulness for demographers is worth noting: The United Nations has made its series of demographic methods manuals available online.
... AND MY CONFERENCE POSTER
Estimating households by household size for small, sub-county areas using the Poisson distribution: