An Analysis of Whatcom County Jail Press Releases: Word Counts, Word Clouds, Relational Graphs, Criminogenic Cycles / Bellingham Politics and Economics, Ryan Matthew Ferris

whatcom jail word cloudSunday, August 2, 2015  Ryan Matthew Ferris

The data below in this first part of this post comes front the collected booking records of the Whatcom County Inmate Database: Press Releases.

Whatcom County Jail cloud

Above: A word cloud capturing the most frequent terms (greater than 1000 mentions) of the The Whatcom County Jail Press Releases for the past 4.5 years. In a word cloud analysis, a larger font equals higher term frequency. Click to enlarge all charts.

The data below in this first part of this post comes front the collected booking records of the Whatcom County Inmate Database: Press Releases.

I looked at the collected records of  previous 4.5 years of this data to help me answer these questions:

  •  Why are citizens being booked into Whatcom County Jail?
  • Who is being booked into Whatcom County Jail?
Bookings are not necessarily  representative of arrests nor convictions. Conceptually, bookings are the subset in between these three terms such that Arrests > Bookings > Convictions. I used simple term counting with some normalization, text mining, word cloud analysis, and graph analysis to show relationships and frequencies.  […]

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