Resources

Penn State WebApps

If you are working on your personal computer, you can access the following software on WebApps:
ArcGIS (mapping/GIS)
JMP Pro (statistical)
Mathematica (mathematics/modeling/analysis)
MATLAB (mathematics/modeling/analysis)
Minitab (statistical)
Office (word processing, presentations, spreadsheets)
SAS (statistical)
SolidWorks (engineering/simulation/design/modeling)

R Studio

In addition to these, we also recommend R for statistical analysis. R is a free, open-source software that can be downloaded here.
R Studio Download

Related Course Notes

We encourage you to explore the online notes created for our World Campus statistics courses (as well as courses in other departments). Some courses that you may find useful:
STAT 200: Elementary Statistics
STAT 480/481: SAS programming
STAT 500: Applied Statistics
STAT 501: Regression Methods
STAT 502: ANOVA and Design of Experiments
STAT 504: Analysis of Discrete Data
STAT 505: Applied Multivariate Analysis
STAT 508: Applied Data Mining

Geospatial and Mapping Applications

SimplyAnalytics
PolicyMap
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
East View Geospatial LandScan Global Archive
Social Explorer

Related research guides:
United States Statistics & Data

Resources for finding external data

Minnesota Population Center
The Minnesota Population Center is one of the world’s leading developers of demographic data resources. They provide access to an amazing collection of population data funded by the Federal government.

Note: You will need to register with MPC before extracting data.

Collections include:
IPUMS-CPS: Harmonized data on people in the Current Population Survey, every March from 1962 to the present. This contains a rich collection of economic, employment, labor and household data. For example number of cars per household.

IPUMS-USA: Harmonized data on people in the U.S. census and American Community Survey, from 1850 to the present.

American Time Use Survey-X: Annual harmonized data from 2003 forward on how U.S. adults divide their time among activities.

Integrated Health Interview Series: Annual harmonized data on people in the U.S. National Health Interview Survey from the 1960s to the present.

Terra Populus: Integrated data on population and the environment, from 1960 to the present. Tutorials for this product can be found here.

National Historical Geographic Information System: Tabular U.S. census data and GIS boundary files from 1790 to the present.

Government Data Resources

Transportation
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTS is a central repository for transportation-related data as well as an excellent portal to other transportation-related data programs from other federal agencies. Use Data Finder by mode or subject to drill down and discover these.

National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration
Safercar.gov This site provides data files for complaints, defect investigations, recalls, and technical services bulletins for automobiles from 2008 to the present.

National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)
This site provides access to crash data used by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration. There are two primary collection models for this data system:
NASS GES – General Estimates System data come from a nationally representative sample of police-reported motor vehicle crashes of all types, from minor to fatal.
NASS CDS – (Crashworthiness data system) has detailed data on a representative, random sample of thousands of minor, serious, and fatal crashes.

Note: The site contains access to the codebooks, online query systems for each data collection system and access to the raw data.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
Detailing the factors behind traffic fatalities on our roads – FARS is a nationwide census providing NHTSA, Congress and the American public yearly data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This site provides access to the codebooks, online query system, and the raw data files.

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Highway Policy Administration This site provides a wealth of state-specific data on population, land area, mileage, fuel use, drivers, vehicles, travel, and other related data.