Since 2006, Stephen Ansolabehere, the Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, has been compiling data about who votes in America, and why. He’s the principal investigator for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, which is a nationally representative annual sample survey of more than 50,000 American adults stratified by state and administered by the data and analytics group YouGov.
What insight can the polls offer on this unprecedented election? Chase H. Harrison is senior preceptor in survey research in the Department of Government and associate director of the Program on Survey Research at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The Gazette spoke with him about what polling suggests about this year’s race so far and what he’ll be paying attention to during the campaigns’ final weeks.
Led by director Peter K. Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, the CBDB has been systematically identifying and capturing the biographical details of elite members of Chinese society from ancient times onward.
Photo credit: Ken Banks, kiwanja.net
Helping Treat Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa
Professor Caroline Buckee worked with the IQSS Data Science Services team to analyze cell phone data from 15 million individuals over the course of a year to track the spread of malaria. The data analysis detailed the movement of individuals through sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to track the spread of malaria and recognize the origin of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, which informs the individuals and organizations in Africa who can provide tools to prevent further spread of the disease.