Dragons and Data: Update #2

The most wonderful thing about computer science is that the smallest change to a program can throw the entire thing off balance.

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Immunotherapy as a Cancer Treatment- Update 2

As I mentioned in my previous update, I was trying to narrow down the scope of my project. I decided to focus on the 3 groups of immunotherapies which I encountered the most when I began my research.. These 3 categories were: cancer vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and immune checkpoint inhibitors. However, these three areas are not completely independent categories, as monoclonal antibodies are used as immune checkpoint inhibitors. This led me to think it might be best to understand the basics of each category of immunotherapy, but then focus on individual drugs.

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Update #2: Economic Trends and Relationships in Broadway Theater and Movie Musicals

I have now finished organizing my data, so I have a few very simple excel spreadsheets that are easy to navigate. In addition, I have been working on creating export files that I can try to read into Jupyter-notebook and calculate graphs using that. I may or may not be able to play around with this depending on how much time I have remaining.

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Mapping Health Care Access in Malawi: Update 2

Following my literature review of the health care system in Malawi, I have now spent several days on my second phase of research: familiarizing myself with ArcGIS, a geographic information system that works with spatial data. Basically, ArcGIS uses data with latitudes and longitudes to create maps for visual analysis. My faculty advisor, Professor Carrie Dolan, provided me with an ArcGIS training program that she helped create while working with AidData. AidData is a research lab at William & Mary that works to present data in a clear, useful way in order to equip policymakers and international development organizations to make better-informed decisions. ArcGIS is a necessary tool within the world of AidData and public health data analysis. Learning how to navigate this software has given me a new appreciation for tools that communicate findings that are otherwise buried in statistics and spreadsheets. Below is the citation for the training program I completed.

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