5.2 The Data

For this lesson we will be using data which comes from Project Tycho - an open data project from the University of Pittsburgh which provides standardized datasets on numerous diseases to aid global health research.

Throughout this lesson, we will be using a dataset from Project Tycho featuring historical counts of measles cases in the U.S.. We want to clean and present this data in a way that makes it easy to see how measles cases fluctuated over time.

Our end result will be this graph:

A useful feature of Project Tycho data is their use of a common set of variables. Read more about their data format.