Sports Data Analysis

Barry Bonds’ Home Runs By Season
By Lauren Yard

Barry Bonds' Home Runs By Season
Interactive Graphic
The graph above shows the home run totals by season for Barry Bonds over the course of his career. Bonds currently holds the record for most career home runs, most home runs in a single season and the most number of MVP awards. As shown in the video below, Bonds made a career out of breaking MLB records.

His career took a turn in 2005, just 4 years after he defeated Mark McGwire‘s single season home run record. After sustaining a major injury to his knee which required surgery, Bonds only continued on for another 2 seasons.

After being accused of taking performance enhancing drugs during the BALCO scandal, he left the MLB. He was originally charged with obstruction of justice in the case against BALCO due to his alleged omission of information durring his testimony at trial but these charges were subsequently dropped in 2015.




Top U.S. Cities for New Graduates

By Lauren Yard
The marked cities are ranked by MarketWatch, a member of the Dow Jones Network, as the best cities for new college graduates to start their careers. The rankings are based on a number of factors including but not limited to: mean starting salary, median one bedroom apartment cost, unemployment rate among people age 25-to-34, and entertainment availability for this age demographic.

As 2017 graduates-to-be begin their searches for their first jobs in their career fields, it is important to take into considerations all of the amenities any given city can offer. Knowing the averages for information like salary and cost of living are vital to making any career choice especially if that choice involves moving across the country.

Map By Lauren Yard

Increasing Chicago Pride Parade Attendance

By Lauren Yard
February 13, 2017
Chicago Pride Parade Attendance Interactive Graphic

The Chicago Pride parade originally started in commemoration of the rebellion of LGBTQ+ patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village and the beginning of the civil rights movement for this community. Over the past 45 years this event has drawn an increasingly large number of people. It has turned into a celebration of the victories of this community and the rights for which they have fought and the commitment of the community to the continued fight against oppression.

As shown in the graphic above, in 2011, after the legalization of civil unions in Illinois between same-sex couples the estimated number of attendees of the Chicago Pride Parade increased by more than 66 percent from 450,000 people to 750,000 people. Since then, support of the LGBTQ+ community at this particular event has continued to grow as demonstrated by the increase of attendance to 1,000,000 people by 2013.

Given this enormous push of support it will be interesting see if attendance continues to increase given the growing charge in the political climate surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and the Trump-Pence Administration. While the issue of transgender bathroom usage in schools and the applicability of EEOC laws covering sexual orientation are noticeably causing some unrest within community, there is also the fear that there will be little to no progress in their civil rights movement and potentially an increase in the negative stigma towards the community. Regardless of what the administration has done thus far to impact the community, positive or negative, there is still a significant amount of fear of what President Trump and Vice President Pence could do regarding the rights this community had secured thus far under past administrations. Ultimately, these elements have the potential to draw out even more community support in this year’s pride parade.

Google Trends: Trump Children and Obama Family vs. Trump Family

gtseo Written By Lauren Yard

Trump Children

I did a trends search on all of the Trump children over the past seven days given the inauguration last week and interestingly I found that Ivanka and ten-year-old Barron are significantly more searched than their siblings. Ivanka makes sense because she is an advisor pick for President Trump. However, the level of searches for Barron is really surprising given his age and relative importance to the state of affairs in the country. Additionally, Donald Trump Jr. who is taking over the business for his father has an extremely low amount of searches compared to his sibblings despite his status as a seemingly big player for the family.

Trump Family vs. Obama Family

I also compared the last twelve months’ worth of searches of the Trump family to the year preceding Obama’s inauguration in 2009 for Obama family searches. Surprisingly, The Obama family was more searched both when Obama was elected and near the inauguration. This may be due in part to Obama’s family being relatively unknown to the majority of the country. If this was the case though then the Trump family searches would not be as high as they are. Unsurprisingly, the Trump Family has a larger number of spikes in searches preceding the inauguration especially when President Trump went to the RNC. Interestingly however, these spikes in family searches dwarf the elections and inaugurations of both presidents.

Practice Story

Pat Quinn photo
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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