Correlating Crime Data with Full Moons

Full moons are steeped in legends and traditions.
Full moons are steeped in legends and traditions.

There was a point in medical history when doctors and health professionals almost universally believed in a strong connection between human psychology and moon phases. Full moons have been associated with anomalies like  sleepwalking, mania, and even illegal activity. The term lunar effect refers to the relationship between the moon’s cycle and our behavior. I wanted to explore whether the lunar effect has any merit when its pertains to crime,  so I downloaded the last 33 months of crime data from the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to see if I could find a data correlation between full moons and reported crimes. Continue reading “Correlating Crime Data with Full Moons”

What’s in a Name? A Data Driven Look at my Fellow Wesley Halls

John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 2 March 1791)
John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 2 March 1791)

Whenever I see or meet someone I share my name with, I always wonder about the things we have – or do not have – in common other than our name. At MaassMedia, we have two Wesleys. One Wesley enjoys racing cars and the other Wesley is a ravenous football fan. Both Wesleys are code junkies and love JavaScript. Recently, I started wondering what my fellow Wesley Halls do and love, so I took a thousand foot view at my namesakes across a couple of data sources. Continue reading “What’s in a Name? A Data Driven Look at my Fellow Wesley Halls”