Assignments for Dec. 3

Turning Text into Data: Pick three named obits from the Washington Post, and using Excel or SQLite, design a data structure for the information you think is most valuable (and appears consistently). Input the info from the three obits.

Turning PDFs into Data: Using this PDF from the Peace Corps, try to build a spreadsheet that contains the name of the college, its category (large/medium/small) and the number of volunteers. Then read this brief Seattle Times piece and tell me how it’s inaccurate.

Readings: Chris Amico on frameworks for reporting, Columbus Dispatch on birthdays.

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