Welcome to Charlottology.com. This is a blog about Science, Statistics, and life in Charlotte, North Carolina. As recent transplants to the area (and as two geeks interested in science, research, and numbers), our mission is to learn about and share the story of Charlotte as told through historical facts, charts and figures, and most importantly raw numbers and statistics.
Who is Behind Charlottology?
Charlottology.com is run by Brian and Catherine Kurilla – two data geeks who relocated to North Carolina in 2012. Brian is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wingate University and Catherine is a Senior Research Analyst at Central Piedmont Community College. Brian and Catherine originally hail from Scranton, Pennsylvania and were married in 2007. They currently live in Charlotte with their 1.5 year-old son, Atticus, and two cats.
What is Charlottology?
As the name implies, Charlottology is the scientific study of Charlotte, NC. This blog represents an attempt to turn our new life in Charlotte into one big science experiment (partly as a serious research project and partly just for the fun of it).
In each post, we plan to take a very data-driven approach to learn and share with others all that we can about our new city. This means presenting empirical data whenever possible on a wide variety of topics (discussed below) and using a variety of statistical tests and methods to help make sense out of these data. As such, we hope that in addition to learning a little more about life in Charlotte, frequent readers will also learn a little more about basic concepts and techniques in science and statistics.
Given our commitment to a data-centric perspective, we will try to stay away from subjective critiques and overviews (e.g., opinionated and potentially biased reviews of restaurants and businesses) and stick to presentation and interpretation of raw, publicly available data as much as possible. We like to think of Nate Silver’s highly successful and influential data-driven political blog, fivethirtyeight.com, as a model for what we would like to do here.
What Specific Topics will Charlottology Focus on?
We plan to focus on a wide variety of topics related to life in Charlotte, including but not limited to: History, Politics, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Recreation, Culture, and Dining.
Although this is our initial plan, we fully acknowledge that our overall mission and specific goals will likely evolve and change over time as we become more accustomed to life in Charlotte and as we learn more about what you, our potential audience, would like to learn about the city.
What specific types of posts can you expect to find here?
We plan to get into a regular routine of publishing several different types of posts. Below is a sample of the types of posts we have planned:
- Statistical analysis of local restaurants with comparisons and rankings
- Statistical analysis and ranking of Charlotte neighborhoods
- Local business profiles featuring presentation of both qualitative and quantitative data
- Data-centric overview of one or more selected local current events
- Discussion of recent scientific discoveries from universities and colleges in and around the Charlotte area (think Science Friday with Ira Flatow, all you NPR listeners), in a regular series of posts by Brian called Tar Trek
The above list is a sample of what we plan to offer, and additional types of posts will be developed in the future depending on our perception of what is needed and depending on feedback from readers.
If you are a resident of Charlotte, NC we hope you will find Charlottology to be interesting, informative, and fun. If you have any specific suggestions or requests for things you would like to see on our site, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.