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Data & Statistics: Reconfigure Data

Methods of obtaining data, analyzing and summarizing it, and drawing inferences from data samples by the use of probability theory.

Research Data

Research datasets are typically collections of data which have been used for scientific study and then archived afterwards. In addition to general statistics collected by governments and NGOs, research data can be another source for projects.

Microdata are individual records from large datasets, and a solid knowledge of statistics is very helpful before using a microdata set. 

Find datasets on Google

As a last resort, sometimes an advanced Google search can turn up research data which is not yet in a repository.

Guidelines for searching: 

  • Try starting at the Google dataset search page, rather than the general page.
  • Try "" or "" to pull information from government or higher education websites
  • Try "filetype:.csv" for excel files or "filetype:.pdf" for pdf summaries.
  • If you can't find a topic in the databases above, try searching for "Tokyo railway dataset" or "Tokyo railway data" (in multiple languages, if necessary). "open data" "research data" or "dataset" may all be good terms to use.  

Spatial Data & Mapping

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