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Data Shows NYPD Slowdown Was Most Drastic In the Precinct Where Eric Garner Died, Started Earlier Than Previously Believed

I Quant NY took a closer look at the public data the NYPD released on moving violations issued during the slowdown that took place in December of last year and January of this year. Offenses under the rubric of “moving violations” were one of many that police enforced less during the slowdown, and I Quant […]

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New York’s Data Guru Ben Wellington: NYPD Slowdown Effects Are A “Black Hole” Without Open Data

Navigating the ever-expanding sprawl of New York, a city that’s home to 8.4 million people, can be nightmarish to tourists and natives alike. Ben Wellington, a professor at Pratt, has found a way to make some sense of the chaos that surrounds us by using open data. By mining the city’s data in his blog […]

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Listen To This Pratt Professor Explain How NYC’s Open Data Could Change The World

Pratt Institute visiting assistant professor Ben Wellington, who runs the influential quantitative analysis blog I Quant NY, has published a TEDxNewYork talk in which he talks about the untapped wonders of New York City’s open data. With the fervor of a preacher, Wellington calls upon New Yorkers to rise up and demand legislation that will […]

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Half Of NYC’s Cabs Are Making Millions More in Tips Thanks To Software

After reading a recent Businessweek article about how much New Yorkers tip cabbies, Ben Wellington at I Quant NY (IQNY) noticed something weird about the numbers. With some research and analysis, he discovered that half of New York’s cabs calculate tipping differently. That difference generates an extra $5.3 million a year in tips. Businessweek used publicly […]

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And The Manhattan Apartment Farthest From The Subway Is…

A penthouse at the top of 10 Gracie Square. Ben Wellington, the intrepid data quantifier/visualizer of I Quant NY, has merged publicly accessible information from the MTA Subway Station Entrance data set and city lot directory PLUTO to discover it. The building, located at the end of 84th street at the FDR Drive, is 0.8 miles away along the grid to the nearest […]

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New York’s Cleanest And Dirtiest Fast Food Restaurants

You’re not crazy. Those combination fast food joints — like Taco Bell combination Pizza Hut and Papa John’s combination Subway — are grosser than their individual counterparts, and Ben Wellington of I Quant NY has the data to prove it. Though Wellington previously showed that the Department of Health’s grading system is flawed, here’s a pretty useful chart to help you gauge […]

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