Thoughts on Minneapolis Homicide Rate Reporting

It’s great to see a drop in homicides, but it would also be great to see the city illustrate the drop using year over year comparisons rather than comparing 1/2 of 2009 vs. the full year of previous years.

Minneapolis Homicide Rate

To spit-shine the numbers even further, the accompanying text states:

In 2007, within the first 110 days of the year, Minneapolis witnessed 18 homicides, compared with only three during that same period this year.

So in the explanation, they shift the date range once again to what seems like an arbitrarily shiny 110 days rather than the year to date illustration in the chart.

My advice: Don’t spit shine good news because you’ll run out of spit when you have less than good news to report down the road.

via Gary Schiff’s 9th Ward E-News for July 10th.

One thought on “Thoughts on Minneapolis Homicide Rate Reporting”

  1. Hi, Ed. “Arbitrarily shining”? The quoted paragraph notes that it’s the “first 110 days” of 2007 and compares that period with the first 110 days of 2009. IMHO that’s not arbitrary at all. Or maybe I’m missing something?

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