Web Exercises

  1. Using the site: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats/ by the FBI Crime Statistics Division, explore trends in crime using one of the secondary data collections. Discuss how this data provides a useful tool for public officials and government agencies to make decisions.
  2. Review the site: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical_abstract.html by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for historical secondary data. Select a topic of interest in your field of interest, and examine trends over time. What do the data tell you about that topical area?
  3. Review the site by the U.S. Department of Commerce: http://bea.gov/. What useful data sets are available to help you better understand economic trends at the regional, national, and international levels? How might these data be used by the private and public sectors to make decisions?
  4. Review the website by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/data.htm. First, discuss what types of data are available to track disease rates and trends. Second, discuss how this data may be used by hospital systems, medical practitioners, and government agencies.