When looking at data, you may hear or read the phrase normalization. Simply put, normalization is transforming a set of data so that they may be compared in a meaningful way. Still sounds geeky? Although you may not realize it, you use normalized data all the time. The latest Data Wednesday walks you through an example using familiar information: unemployment numbers.
National Priorities Project executive director Jo Comerford examines the discretionary portion of the President's proposed federal budget. Don't remember the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending? Refresh your memory here!