This is the collection of all the final projects for Gov 50/1005. Links are provided to student Github accounts and to the project Shiny Apps. Note that some data/apps are not publicly available (as indicated with a "*’’) because of limitations placed on the project by the organization which supplied the data. Projects must be solo, except for a 2 or 3 exceptions each semester.
James Fitz-Henley: Distributing Opportunities: Economic and Demographic Predictors of Opportunity Zone Designation. How do a census tract’s economic and demographic conditions predict its designation as an Opportunity Zone in the American southeast?
Katherine McPhie: Social Connectedness in the Harvard Class of 2024. Analyzing how Harvard first-years have been forming social connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is joint work with Elliott Detjen, Giovanni Salcedo, and Ava Swanson.
Ryan Zhang: Strategic and Sincere Considerations in American Presidental Primaries. Exploring how often, and the extent to which, primary voters balance sincere concerns (candidate favorability and ideology) and strategic concerns (candidate viability/electability) in American presidential contests.
Ben Lee: A Minnesota Fisherman’s Guide to the Spring 2021 Season. This project gives recommendations for the best Northern Minnesota lakes for walleye fishing for the 2021 season.
Julia Blank: International Judging Biases in Ice Dance: Analyzing the 2018 Olympic Season. An investigation into whether a judge’s nationality bias is reflected in the scores of Olympic level Ice Dancers.
Akila Muthukumar: English Requirements in US Clinical Trials. An analysis of English and Spanish language requirements in eligibility criteria for neurological and mental health related clinical trials.
Alexa Jordan: Women in the Courts: Parties and Presidents. This project looks at the progress we have made since Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 and investigates the role of sexism in the continuitng lack of gender parity.
Sara Park: Polity and the Social Institutions of Gender Discrimination. An analysis on the relationship between polity and social institutions of gender discrimination.
Daniel Salgado-Alvarez: When All Work Means All Play: International Tourism in Mexico. Analyzing what different tourist attractions and government interventions generate the most tourism GDP using data from all the states of Mexico
Amaya Sizer: An analysis of foundational styles for ranked UFC fighters. An analysis of the different foundational styles of ranked fighters, and how they are related to number of wins and rankings.
Monica Chang: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Litigating Delays in Disability Accommodation for Homeless Families. My project investigates whether disability-related needs are being met for homeless individuals within a reasonable timeframe in support of the Greater Boston Legal Services’ class action lawsuit against the MA EA Shelter system.
Nick Brinkmann: Best To Test: Analyzing My Online Chess Games. Investigates trends in my online chess games over the past 2-3 years, including rating changes and performance in different openings; attempts to predict game outcomes based upon various characteristics.
Osvaldo Cervantes: An Analysis of Gaming, Gender, and Psychology. A study into how behavioral factors such as gender identity, anxiety, or other behavioral descriptors are revealed through gaming stats and real world metrics.
Will Rowley: Starting Pitchers: A pitch by pitch analysis of the 2019 MLB season. A look at how different starting pitchers compare to one another in pitch selection, pitching under pressure, and performance statistics, with an analysis of the effect of pitch metrics on WHIP and ERA.
Yifan Chen: Analyzing Trends in College Financial Aid. My project will look at how percentages in different types of financial aid has changed over time, and how it varies depending on student characteristics.
Jasmine Hyppolite: Hashtags As Social Movements: Can They Impact Legislation? This project looks at how the popularity of hasthags for the Black Lives Matter Movement and Me Too movement correlate with the presence of bills regarding related topics in the NY Legislature to understand how impactful hashtag activism is.
Michelle Kurilla: Analyzing Case Salience and Majority Opinion Assignments by Chief Justices. A look at how case salience impacts the frequency of majority opinion assignments by Chief Justices to themselves
Ang Sonam Sherpa: Gender Representation in Politics - Case Study Nepal. Analyzing the political representation in Nepal along gender lines with regressions of various demographic, developmental and gender-related characteristics in a district
Neloy Shome: Covid-19: Domestic Impact and International Pandemic Management. Analyzing Covid-19 impact on mental health disorders and racial minorities.
Joshua Berry: Economic Indicators for G20 Attitudes towards China: How Trade Flows Predict Public Opinion. Analyzing how international trade flows and macro-economic data predict individual, micro-level attitudes towards China among the G20 countries.
Justin Qi: Equitable Lending? Don’t Bank on It: Using Waiting Times to Measure Racial Disparities in the Paycheck Protection Program. Exploring the potential role of taste-based discrimination in Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Megan Mackey: The Economics Of The Premier league From 2009-2015. A look at how the league finish of a team in the premier league affects the payments they receive and the consequences that come with that
Diana Zhu: Analyzing Figure Skating Scores on the International Circuit. Using World Championship Figure Skating data to explore scoring trends and identify home-town advantage.
Rena Cohen: First to Close, Last to Open: The Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Arts Organizations. An exploration of the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector using survey response data from over 17,000 organizations collected by Americans for the Arts
Sammy Murrell: Work-Related Fatal Injuries in New Zealand (2000-2014). An exploration of work-related fatal injuries by demographics, working circumstances and location.
Yishak Ali: Fair or Exploitative Pricing: Pharmaceutical Drug Price Trends. An analysis of recent rising drug costs in the US in the context of R&D costs to determine if firms are raising prices for R&D reasons or profit-raising motives
Derek Chang: U.S. Economic Growth: A Look Back and a Look Forward. An exploration of the current economic environment and public policies amidst COVID-19 that begins with an examination of America’s recent economic history.
Sofie Fella: Female Athletes, Body Image and Societal Expectations. My project investigates data on women in sport, general female body image, how female athletes are seen in media and most importantly the relationship between female athletes’ and their body image.
James Wolfe: U.S. Politics and Public Opinion in the Wake of Covid. My project analyzes the state of U.S. public opinion and political sentiment in the time of coronavirus, with a focus on Presidential politics and the 2020 election.
Khalid Thomas: PGA Tour Data: How do you match up against the pros, and what does into a good golf game. An analysis of how to improve your golf game.
Ciara Duggan: Predicting World Bank Group Employees’ Overall Job Satisfaction. Which variables related to World Bank Group employees’ work and workplace environment are most predictive of their overall job satisfaction?
Owen Asnis: The Battleground: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in Contemporary Presidential Elections. Studying the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in contemporary presidential elections
Bobby Current: Education and Political Leaning. I look at how much, if at all, education spending by district affects voting pattern in presidential elections, with both the total spending and the spending per capita being used.
Lavinia Teodorescu: How communism affected Women Rights. My project compares data from communist, post-communist and “never-communist” countries and analyzes differences in employment, education and healthcare
Ana Castaner: Does Political Affiliation Influence County-Level COVID-19 Infections in the United States? An analysis of the relationship between county-level political ideology and COVID-19 case density across the United States.
Buddy Scott: Buddy Ball: Understanding NBA Finances Amidst COVID-19. Analyzing finances of NBA teams and how COVID-19 (specifically the lack of revenue and income generated by ticket sales) could affect the economics of the league.
Liam Hall: Oklahoma Demographics and Economic Status by School District and the Likelihood of a Special Olympic School Program. What is the correlation between demographic groups, economic status, and the presence of a Special Olympic School Program in the state of Oklahoma?
Sophie Li: Analyzing COVID-19’s Impact on Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Analyzing COVID-19’s impact on poverty in sub-Saharan Africa
Satoshi Yanaizu: Comparison between Global Steel and Aluminium Production. My project analyses the global trend in steel and alumnium production
Reem Ali: Failed Punishment: How US Sanctions Have Impacted Development Worldwide. An investigation of how US Sanctions (1980 - 2015) have impacted developement (evaluated through the indicators of public health, education, democracy scores, imports, and exports) worldwide.
Felix Deemer: How does Politics impact Income Inequality? My project investigates the link between income inequality and political institutions, and how certain political environments are correlated with greater levels of inequality.
Daiana Lilo: Analyzing the Emotional and Psychological “Tells” of a Supreme Court Justice. Looking to see if behavior is a good inidcator in predicting how a Justice will vote during the oral argument stage of a case.
Anh Ton: Analysis of Prosecution Data in Middlesex County, MA. Analyzing the Efficacy and Racial Disparities in Prosecution
Lucas Gazianis: Exploring the Ideological Tendencies of the Supreme Court. This project explores the ideological consistency of Supreme Court justices, more specifically how frequently they vote out of lockstep from the other justices appointed by presidents of the same party.
Josiah Meadows: Forces Behind Florida Voter Registrations. Determining how closely rising unemployment, COVID-19 deaths and cases, and other pivotal events in 2020 correlate with increases in FL registration numbers.
Salomé Garnier: Sexual Education and Health Outcomes for Women and Girls. My project explores the relationship between sexual education and health outcomes for women and girls, using data from the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lukas Emge: NFL Combine: Do the Results Really Matter? My project investigates and analyzes the data from the 2013 to 2017 NFL Combines, looking at which tests matter the most for different positions and what each test can tell us.
Prashanth “PK” Kumar: County-Analysis of COVID-19 by Education and Population. Here is a look at each county in the US and their COVID rates as affected by demographics including education, population, and population density.
Charles Hua: Assessing the Landscape of Climate Political Fundraising. My project analyzes the landscape of climate political donations in the 2020 election, broken down by political party, political office, and state.
Janna Ramadan: Perpetuating Islamophobia in the United States: Examining the Relationship Between News, Social Media, and Hate Crimes. Exploring the role social media plays in perpetuating negative sentiments towards Muslims and the conflated Arab and South Asian communities and the relationship between hate crimes and media coverage.
Sreya Sudireddy: Effect of Social Distancing Policies on COVID-19 Outcomes. A look at how Massachusetts’ social distancing policies have affected COVID-19 outcomes.
Trisha Prabhu: Analyzing @realdonaldTrump: A Deep Dive Into Donald Trump’s Tweets. An analysis of what drives Donald Trump’s sentiment on Twitter.
Katrina Keegan: Is Someone, Anyone, Leading Protests in Belarus? The goal of this project is to understand how the 2020 protests in Belarus are organized and led based on information from the social media platform Telegram.
Andrew Jing: Equity in Education: Effectiveness of State-Level Policies. Using specific education policies to predict the equitablility of state-wide systems.
Seth Filo: Predicting NFL Success by College,Combine, and Physical Traits. This project is a deep-dive on what traits and past production have the most predicitve power for NFL success, it studies each of the 22 offensive and defensive positions and strives to find key statistics that may be undervalued.
Vlad Ivanchuk: Life on the Frontline: People’s Access to Services Amidst an Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Analysis of access to basic services and reliance on local government among people who live in the midst of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Zelin Liu: Elephants, Donkeys, Doves, and Hawks: Predicting U.S. Treaties. Examines the impacts of political party and military spending on how many treaties the Senate will receive in a given year.
Andy Wang: Contributions In and Out of the Classroom: Harvard Faculty Political Spending. This project looks at political spending behavior of Harvard faculty since the 2016 election, as well as modeling for variables such as age, gender, and school
Jeremiah Kim: Harvard 2023 Social Connections. We analyzed social connections across the Harvard class of 2023 with respect to demographics, campus geography, and extracurriculars. Other members of the group: Helen Pang, Jack Kelly, Emily Ni, Kelsey Wu and Mark Stephens.
Jamal Nimer: Harvard Housing Project. We randomly assign blocking groups to one of the twelve houses and compare the distribution of identifiers (i.e., ethnicity, varsity athletes, legacy) to the actual distribution at the college. We also study patterns in blocking group formation. Other members of the group: Eliot Min, Lucy He, Austin Li, Sam Saba, Carina Peng, Angie Shin, Shojeh Liu and Ilyas Mardin.
Lainey Newman: Union Density & Democratic Vote Share in the U.S. 1976-2016. My final project for Gov 1005 looks at the relationship between union membership density and Democratic vote share in presidential elections.
Jessica Edwards: Investigating Demographics within Higher Education Engineering Programs. This project analyzes racial and gender demographics for highly ranked US engineering programs within colleges and universities.
Lindsey Greenhill: Human Trafficking and Exploitation. An analysis of the Counter Traffickign Data Collaborative’s publicly available data focusing on the demographics and movements of trafficked victims across the world.
Jessica Wu: In the Time of Coronavirus. This project explores the state of life, love, and sorrow in the time of coronavirus and social distancing, from the rise of boredom and the deterioration of relationships to the manifestation of socioeconomic inequality.
Liz Hoveland: Effect of Absentee Voting on Future Electoral Participation. A study looking at the effect first-time voting type has on future voting behaviors.
George Dalianis: Social Spending Programs in OECD Member Countries. Examines the effect of social spending programs on GDP per capita, economic inequality, life expectancy, and other social/economic variables in OECD member nations.
Yong Lee: Effect of Attendance Policy on Synchronous Online Lecture Attendance. Survival analysis examining differential levels of attrition for synchronous lecture attendance in online classrooms.
Alexandra Ubalijoro: Impact of Demographic Factors on Obesity Rates in the US. A project that looks at obesity rates in the US and how these are affected by social factors such as food access and income.
Michael Chen: Impact of Varying College Characteristics on Innovation Rates. This project is a comprehensive analysis on Opportunity Insights data on patent rates by college, as well as data on college characteristics from the College Scorecard Project.
Westley Cook: Payroll and Performance: Does Money Buy Wins? An analysis of the relationship between payroll and performance using data from the NBA and MLB, demonstrating a moderately strong relationship between spending and success for most teams except the New York Knicks (surprising no one).
Jad Maayah: Women and Religion in the Middle East. This project analyzes public opinion behind policies and cultural norms that promote gender equality in the Middle East and explores the relationship between discriminatory values and respect for religious authority.
David Sutton: Switchers: Analyzing the Relationships Between Vote-Switching & Demographics, Policy Positions and Public Opinion. This project investigates switchers - voters who cast their ballot for a major party’s candidate in one election and then cast their ballot for the other major party’s candidate in the following election (same office).
Richard Zhu: Oscars So Local?: Film Awards by Demographics and Geography. Analysis of the Academy awards versus other film awards in terms of geography, demographics, and popularity over time.
Benjamin Villa: The Sacred and the Profane: Social, Religious & Medical Effects on Emotional Wellbeing. The following project attempts to see how different social, economic medical, and religious factors have an effect on the mental health of 89 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States in the Year 2016.
Arnav Srivastava: Global Health Spending Trends. Exploring relationships between health spending and factors such as income and demographics for various countries, helping us better understand the similarities and differences in health spending across our global community.
Scott Mahon: Effect of MLB Statistics on Team Winning Likelihood. A look at how different MLB statistics, such as runs, batting average, etc. impact a team’s total number of wins at the end of the season.
Rachel Phan: Obesity and Food Insecurity in the US. This project analyzes how food insecurity might affect obesity rates in the US and across states. It also takes a look at how poverty and other demographics affect both of these factors.
Elias Abu Nuwara: The War on Drugs: Let the Numbers Speak. An analysis of data on the US War on Drugs. Examining how increasing the intensity of drug law enforcement could yield counterproductive results.
Karen Jiang: Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare Shared Savings Program. This project looks at the generated savings or losses from ACOs for Medicare based on ACO, patient, and provider factors.
James Hutt: Reshaping the United States. States are increasingly defined by their composition, rather than their geography - this project remaps the US based on flight paths, migration, and political, religious and racial homogeneity. Finally, the East and West Coast can be together, like they always wanted.
Julia Englebert: Agriculture and Education in the Midwest, 1870-1960. This project uses census data and mapping to explore the history of agriculture in the Midwestern United States, paying particular attention to its relationship with education.
Hannah Phan: Effect of Public Infrastructure on Boston Crime Levels. Analysis of how public resources and amenities such as Bluebikes, streetlights, and trees influence crime levels in Boston from 2015 to present.
Paddy Adams: Brexit Voting Demographics. Understanding the basis for demographic stereotypes following the 2016 Brexit referendum by analysing national census data and the correlations to Brexit voting.
Leena Ambady: Organ Donor Registration and Demographic Trends in New York State. Looking at how demographic factors like age, income, and race might affect organ donation registration rates in New York state counties
Rebecca Xi: The Covid-19 Data Project. A group project to analyze the spread of COVID-19, its economic impact, and the efficacy of government policy in mitigating the crisis. Other members of the group: Jun-Yong Kim, Katelyn Li and Nishu Lahoti.
Emma Freeman: Diversity of Upper Level Educational Institutions. Exploring factors, such as female population or admissions rate, that may contribute to racial diversity in upper level educational institutions.
Chase Souder: Modernization in Drum Corps International. Investigating the trends in musical selections of Drum Corps International World Class Finalists, as well as potential correlations between the modernity of a repertoire and score/placement.
Jacob Hansen: Is Arizona More Blue Because It’s Less White? Examining whether changes to Arizona’s racial demographics, particularly increasing Hispanic/Latinx populations, are correlated with increased Democratic vote share.
Josh Mathews: NBA All Star Game (1951-2020): Does Player Popularity Impact Performance? This project investigates the effects of popularity on minutes granted to players in the All Star game and their performance while also allowing for visualization of player metrics and shot charts over time.
Owen Bernstein: Content Analysis of Presidential Speeches. Identifying and quantifying the usage of populist, immigrant related, conservative, progressive, and environment related language in presidential campaign speeches in the United States.
Ishan Bhatt: Gender’s Effect on Speaker Points in National Circuit Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Using pretty much every national tournament from the past three years, I investigated to see if there’s a gender bias in the amount of speaker points judges assign to debaters.
Cameron Reaves: Predicted Net Migration from Sea Level Rise by 2100 for US Counties. This project visualizes a dataset containing predicted net migration from sea level rise by 2100 for US counties
Daniela Teran: Gender Equality and the Informal Economy: An analysis of the Andean Community Countries. This project aims to visualize the correlation between the percentage of women working in the informal economy and gender inequality in the Andean Community countries.
Taylor Greenberg Goldy: Understanding E-commerce Analytics and Purchase Behaviors. This project aims to look at different purchasing behaviors of customers on an e-commerce website and predict and suggest what other products they may also want to buy.
Teddy Landis: Effect of First-Time Voting Method on Future Participation. We look at first-time voters in North Carolina and see if voting method (absentee ballot vs. in-person) has an effect on future participation in elections.
Brian Kim: Korean Parliamentary Elections from Democratization (1987) to 2016. This project looks at election results data from democratization in 1987 to 2016 to see nationwide PR voting behavior, regional voting behavior (based on single-member districts) and any relationship between senior population and vote share by ideology.
Jenna Moustafa: Common Core Standards and Racial Education Achievement Gaps. This project assesses the impact of the implementation of the Common Core Standards on narrowing the educational achievement gap for racial minorities.
Tivas Gupta: Interactions Between Inequality, Populism, Social Spending, and Happiness. This product looks at the relationship between inequality and populism, social spending, and happiness throughout countries worldwide.
Will Schrepferman: State of the Union Text Analysis. This project applies textual data science techniques- including sentiment analysis, topic modeling, and neural network-powered Natural Language Generation- to State of the Union addresses!
Arushi Saxena: COVID-19: Early Public Sentiment about Social Distancing. The purpose of the project is to understand public sentiment about social distancing via Twitter data, across the United States, and correlate it to the extent to which US states are effectively social distancing.
Diassa Diakité: College Football: Win Regression Model. A dive into which statistics in college football over the past ten seasons correlate best to success within a given conference, defined as conference win percentage, and throughout most of Division 1 FBS football, defined as total win percentage.
Mak Famulari: FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. This project investigates the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list since its inception; it consists of a breakdown of criminals and their crimes, as well as considerations of special cases.
James Bikales: Demographics of EV Charging Station Placement. This project examines more than 28,000 EV charging stations in the U.S., comparing their locations to Census demographics, such as median household income, of the county in which they are located.
Brendan Chapuis: How Accurate Are Prediction Markets?. This project examines the accuracy of prediction markets as compared with polls in the context of the 2016 and 2020 Democratic primary elections.
Stephanie Cheng: Deep Dive into the Design Census. This project investigates the demographic of the US design industry and provides a predictor for job satisfaction and salary by a few metrics of interest.
Grace Pan: Need A Good Date Spot?: Analyzing Yelp Restaurant Reviews. This project uses a geographically diverse subset of Yelp data to analyze what type of restaurants make good date spots, the results of which are useful not only for individuals trying to impress their dates, but also for professionals in the restaurant business looking to attract more customers.
Julius Gunnemann: Berlin housing: A diff-in-diff assessment. Berlin has intervened in the apartment rental market in an unprecedented way, demanding landlords to cut prices to 2010 levels. Can this work?
Gabe Cederberg: Partisanship and COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Adherence. Partisan leaning significantly impacts the degree to which people follow COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.
Asmer Asrar Safi: Government Censorship on Twitter: Requests and Response (2012-2019). This project tracks content withdrawal requests made by Governments on Twitter and Twitter’s response, in relation to a country’s GDP and overall Freedom Score.
Henry Austin: Visualizing Wealth Inequality in Michigan. This project analyzes at the geographic movement of wealth across Michigan over the past several decades and its impact on educational attainment, as well as the impacts of past policies on the state we see today.
Mohamed Mabizari: College Football: Win Regression Model. A dive into which statistics in college football over the past ten seasons correlate best to success within a given conference, defined as conference win percentage, and throughout most of Division 1 FBS football, defined as total win percentage.
Shreyvardhan Sharma: Mapping COVID-19: Outbreak, Second Order Effects, and Public Opinion Analysis. An analysis of COVID-19 involving mapping the spread of the coronavirus across the U.S, measuring the second order effects of the disease, and analysing the change in public opinion over the course of the disease.
Naina Tejani: It’s not a Myth: Climate Change and its Related Factors. This project traces the rise in global temperature over the past century and looks at factors that might be responsible.
Garrett Rolph: Students in Schools. I compared factors such as school expenditures, average teacher salaries, and school demographics to explore the relationship these variables have with standardized test scores (both SAT and ACT).
Rachel Auslander: Investigating Mainstream News Coverage of Presidential Candidates. An exploration of whether news source choice influences the likelihood to vote for a particular candidate.
Chase Bookin: High School Players and the Major League Baseball Draft. An analysis of the decision made by top high school baseball players to sign in the Major League Baseball draft.
Adelson Aguasvivas: Effects of Redlining in New York City. A study looking at the effect of redlining in New York City from 1937 to 1940, mainly affecting communities of color, their median household income and housing value from 1950 to 2010.
Kayla Manning: Undergraduate HUDS Traffic Patterns in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. This project analyzes data on swipe counts for every day, location, and meal for each of the undergraduate HUDS facilities over the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.
Yao Yu: Gun Violence Decrease in San Francisco and Oakland. A study looking at why gun violence in San Francisco and Oakland decreased from 2013 to 2017 while it increased in other US cities during that time.
Sydney Sorkin: NCAA on Twitter: Does the NCAA tweet about Men’s and Women’s sports differently?. This project analyzes the tendency of NCAA affiliated Twitter acounts to tweet about male or female sports and athletes.
Bridger Gordon: Social Connectedness in America. Analysis of Facebook’s Social Connectedness Index shows that the geographic closeness is a significant factor in who we know / interact with, which is one possible explanation for demographic similarity in social circles.
Katherine Enright: Public Opinion Surrounding the 2019 Hong Kong Protests. This project analyses underlying public opinion factors behind the Hong Kong pro-Democracy protest movement as well as exploring a Twitter-based Chinese government operation to influence international opinion about the protests.
Aysha Emmerson: Project Resilience. The Project downloads tweets pertaining to “resilience,” performing a series of analysis—including a sentiment analysis and word cloud plot—to investigate what feelings, concepts, and words, the general public associates with this concept.
Mari Jones: Race & Gender Implications of the Criminal Justice System. Analyzed race and gender associations within the criminal and youth incarceration systems.
Mengxi Tan: US Immigration Explorer. This website examines immigration into US, and answers the two following questions: 1. Where are the immigrants coming from, and through which channels are they admitted? 2. Once the immigrants are in the US, how well are they fitting into the society?
Mitsue Guerrero: Water stress in Mexico City. Given the large population and limited water resources available in Mexico City, we visualize the consumption at block level to identifiy the biggest consumers and observe the water inequality gap that is making the city run out of water by 2050.
Miroslav Bergam: Donations of Harvard-Employed Individuals to 2020 Presidential Campaigns. Elizabeth Warren recieves the most support among Harvard-employed individuals by most measures, and other facts like overall campaign size, political ideology, employer, and occupation are correlated to the size of the donation and the campaign being donated to.
Feven Yohannes: Ethiopia Economic Development. In this project, I’m using data from the Worldbank and The UN that shows the social and economic changes that have been occurring in Ethiopia in the last 60 years.
Alexandra Norris: Visualizing Migration. I visualize migration data, looking at where refugees are coming from, where they are going, and the relationship between the number of refugees entering a country and different GDP indicators.
Jessica Scazzero: Is Cash Here to Stay? An Exploration of the Factors that Drive Individual Cash Use. This project used the Fed Consumer Payment Diary surveys to analyze individual cash usage by individual level characteristics, transaction level characteristics and time variables.
Chloe Shawah: Fingerprints of Colonization. The project seeks to determine if there are effects of foreign colonization/occupation traceable today by tracking indicators of the economic prosperity, health, and education in world nations over time.
Grace Rotondo: Fixing the Flaws of Networking: An Alumni Directory of the Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Program. This is an alumni directory of the Harvard Women’s Lacrosse Program, a platform for Harvard Women’s Lacrosse affiliates to easily access accurate alumni information.
Emily Axelsen: More Permits More Problems? Tracing Factors Correlated to Gun Violence. I analyzed trends in the number of permits granted and the resulting number of gun violence incidents and noticed that the per capita number of gun violence incidents is similar among states that have gun violence policies (such as required gun registration and waiting periods) and states that do not.
Katie Cao: The Billboard Top 100: An Analysis of Timelessness and Lyrical Content. How does the lyrical content of songs predict their timelessness?
Diego Flores: Just How Great (Truly) is Democracy?. This project aims to determine whether or not Democracy is truly the superior form of government by assessing potential relationships between its implementation and variables associated with gauging the prosperity of a society.
Sophia Zheng: Housing Prices in Three Major US Cities. This project aims to compare historical housing data over the past thirty years in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle in order to see correlations with income, and study distribution by zip code.
Rick Brown: Football Wins and College Applications. I analyze the change in applications to colleges based on the change in wins of each college’s football team and find a very weak correlation between the two.
Mariah Dimalaluan: Can you make it to next year’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart?. This project attempted to study what song characteristics – especially the key it was written in – make it likely to have a higher ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Elizabeth Pachus: Firearms and Sucide in America. This project investigates the correlation between suicide rate and firearm death rates while also exploring which groups of people are being primarily affected.
Abrar Trabulsi: Outlining the Relationshop Between Regime and Economic Development. Exploring the relationship between regime and economic development, especially with regards to autocratic and democratic regimes.
Bernadette Stadler: Equal Work, Equal Pay? The State of Women’s Soccer in 2019. This project allows users to explore the numbers behind the USWNT discrimination lawsuit against U.S. soccer, as well as to look at the state of gender equality in professional soccer world wide.
Hoda Abdalla: The Effect of Media on Presidential Primary Candidate Performance. I look at the relationship between mainstream media mentions for major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates and their performance outcomes, measured in polling percentage and betting prices.
Ryan Graff: NBA Statistical Trade Machine. My project calculates the average statistics of NBA draft picks and combines them with current player data to create an NBA trade/Value comparison machine for the user, while also performing regression on draft picks and their advanced stats.
Amanda Su: Trends in International Student Choices and Motivations in the U.S.. This project looks to analyze various patterns in the experiences and motivations of international students in the United States, specifically examining country of origin indicators, fields of study, and funding sources.
Camila Sanmiguel: The Violence Crisis in Mexico: Public Perceptions of Safety Alongside Border Apprehensions. Visualizing the spikes and falls in violent crimes in different Mexican states allows us to track the movement of the Mexican drug war; this project also examines the Mexican public’s perceptions of general danger beside Border Patrol apprehensions along the southern border.
Sam Lowry: The Effects of IMF Structural Adjustment Programs on Angola. Using World Bank and WHO data, I analayzed the effects of IMF loans on Angola in order to better understand how the IMF influences developing countries.
Olly Gill: The History of The Olympic Games. I looked at data from the past 120 years of Olympic History in order to learn more about what has both changed and stayed the same for the Games and the athletes that make them so special.
Gayatri Balasubramanian: Distribution of Ethnicity and Industries in Indiana. Ethnicities tend to collect in pockets across the state, and this project overlays industries and ethnicities to see if perhaps one is more closely located near the other.
Madeleine Snow: It’s A Hit: Tony Awards for Best Plays and Musicals. This project examines Tony Award-nominated and Tony-Award winning Broadway plays and musicals, 1948-2019.
Isheka Agarwal: Perspective on Historical and Future Consequences of Climate Change. I analyzed the historical consequences of climate change, future projection for consequences of climate change and opinions of people about climate change living in various regions in the United States.
Grace Kim: Believers in the Divine: The Religions of South Korea. This project explores the various religious groups in South Korea, more specifically the relationship between the rise of Christianity compared to Buddhism.
Togo Kida: An Analysis of Creative Class in the United States. Analyzed the socioeconomic status of designers and creatives in the United States.
Prachi Naik: Making the Case for Investment in School-Based Mental Health. I analyze 2016 School Survey on Crime and Sfaety to understand the circumstances surrounding schools’ ability to provide mental health service.
Emmanuel A. Calivo: Income and Transit Access in the San Francisco Bay Area. An analysis of the relationship between household income and access to public transportation in the SF Bay Area.
Parker Mas: Behind Billboard: Exploring the Audio Features of Pop Music. Analyzes Billboard Hot 100 chart data and song audio features in order to provide interesting data visualizations and model peak song popularity.
Minjue Wu: Analysis of novel fly model for X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism. A review of a novel animal model used to simulate a neurodegenerative disease, analyzing relationships between knockdown gene pathway, viability, sex, and recovery for potential recommendations in future research
Sophia Freuden: Growing Pains in Portland: A Story of Crime, Unemployment, and Population. An exploration of crime data, unemployment, and population growth in Portland, Oregon over the last ten years.
Elizabeth Guo: Demographics and Votes of the U.S. Supreme Court. Evaluating model accuracy indicates that demographics and party affiliations of Supreme Court justices cannot be used to predict their vote patterns, and that justices are not “politicians in robes” who always vote in party line.
Dasha Metropolitansky: First-Year Blocking Group Project. Harvard says it fosters a diverse community; trends in students’ housing indicate otherwise. This was a group project. The other group members were: Adiya Abdilkhay, Ilkin Bayramli, April Chen, Alistair Gluck, Christopher Milne, Neil Schrage and Stephanie Yao.
Ruoqi Zhang: Settling the Dust: Censorship & Environmental Activism in China, 2012. What does social media data tell us about environmental awareness and censorship in China, 2012?
Alexandra Dobbins: Lyme Disease in the United States: a Historical Perspective. Awareness of Lyme Disease as a debilitating illness has increased in recent years – take a look at where the most cases are, and how they’ve changed over time.
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