American Community Survey PUMS 2012: Analysis of data for California

Burke, Gerry (2014) American Community Survey PUMS 2012: Analysis of data for California. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Education and race have been believed to two of the important influences on income in the United States. One of the main tenets of the American Dream is that people can raise themselves from humble beginnings and to aspire to a middle-class lifestyle. This paper examines the evidence for this belief by analysing American Community Survey PUMS data. Gender and nativity are also examined as part of this analysis.

A number of statistical and data mining techniques were performed on the data as part of the analysis. The main findings are that level of education has the strongest relationship with income and is predicted to earn a person who holds a degree over $45,000 more in income.

While there are a number of other issues that need to be addressed regarding income from the analysis of the data, the findings show that education is the major factor in determining income. Therefore access to education is critical to enable children to have fairer education outcomes. More resources, and within that a more equitable share of resources, should be made available to schools to encourage and promote better education outcomes for all.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2014 11:00

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