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The Concept Visualization Lab (CVL) creates multi-dimensional visualizations and proto-types to display research findings in dynamic and interactive graphics. Custom designed for each project, the specialized software is available for free to the public below. Whether it is a state-wide study or an examination of a local issue, the CVL visualizations can make data come alive. The CVL is located on the University of Houston central campus in room 651 Agnes Arnold Hall.



Study of HPD's Taser Use:  What Do the Statistics Say?

In 2007, the City of Houston assembled a team of experts to examine the use of Conductive Energy Devices (also known as Tasers or stun guns) by the Houston Police Department. Charged with the statistical analysis, the Hobby Center for Public Policy reviewed the CED deployments occurring between December 2004 and June 30, 2007. What do the statistics tell us? Do patterns of CED use emerge? Do CEDs reduce injuries or deaths to officers and citizens? Find out more about the study and the interactive visualization tool.



For Students, Professors and Political Junkies Everywhere: An Interactive Visualization of Texas Voters and the 2004 Presidential Election

To take a look  at the 2008 presidential election in Texas, the Hobby Center for Public Policy has developed an innovative tool to analyze voting results with numerous demographic variables as determined by the U.S. Census.  Users can select their variables of interest and virtually see and compare results instantly. Download the free software to start your analysis! 





The Hobby Center for Public Policy Looks at Texas Lottery Players... and You Can Too!


The primary goal of the Hobby Center for Public Policy's (HCPP) demographic study for the Texas Lottery Commission is to provide a snapshot of who is most likely to engage in the state's lottery games. The 2008 survey marks the second consecutive year the HCPP has completed the study. Led by Dr. Timothy Hellwig, the 2008 results were similar to many of the 2007 findings, with a few exceptions. “The 2008 survey found an overall participation rate of 38.82 percent compared to 38.47 percent the previous year,” said HCPP Director Jim Granato.  “This stable rate of participation marks the first time in recent years that the participation rate did not decline." You can now compare both 2008 and 2007 by downloading an interactive geographic multi-dimensional visualization software.




For CVL reservations / inquiries please contact:


Mike Angel

Hobby Center for Public Policy

501 Ezekiel W. Cullen Bldg

Houston, Texas 77204-5021

mangel2@uh.edu 713/743-3976

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