Background check data from 2000–2020 can offer insight into the purchasing trends of firearms in the United States

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2020 was a pretty eventful year in the US between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest, and a tumultuous presidential election. Between these events and more, a common feeling was prominent this year — uncertainty. Feelings of uncertainty seem to often result in an increase in gun sales, and the triple whammy of incertitude this year resulted in many headlines telling of guns flying off the shelves in states across the nation.

This made me curious about the gun sale trends in the US. Unfortunately, data is not made available for number of guns purchased. However, we do have access to…


Summarizing 2020 travel trends and habits using my phone’s logged location data.

Screenshot from Google Maps Timeline
Screenshot from Google Maps Timeline
Screenshot from Google Maps Timeline

I recently watched a video in which an individual downloads a copy of his Google data and is surprised to see both the quantity and extent of data collected by Google. I was intrigued and I wanted to take a look at what kind of dirt Google had on me. I went to takeout.google.com and followed the steps to download a copy of all of my data, which turned out to be around 19 GB.

Justin Spitzer

Engineer. Exploring my new interest in data science.

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