By Jonathan Giuffrida
Published Feb. 21, 2020
In our experience, as users become more comfortable on Metopio, they rely more and more on the universal search bar to find what they're looking for.
Open the search bar from any page by clicking on it. It suggests a few things you could search for.
All places and topics in Metopio are searchable from this tool, including your own custom regions or custom data. When you start typing a search, the search bar shows you the best matches. For instance, if you start typing ma:
It brings up the best-matching places (like Massachusetts) and topics (like Married or Medicare data).
Searches are automatically sorted by relevance, and places are automatically sorted by their population, since the largest places are most likely to be searched for. Here's a search for ne:
Notice that Nebraska floats to the top of the list, even though New York City is larger. This is because NE is Nebraska's postal code, so it's the single best match for your search.
When you got started on Metopio, you may have noticed some cryptic three-letter codes throughout the site. Every topic is uniquely identified by a three-letter code so that you can find it more easily. For instance, "Median rent price" is RNT, while "Rent-burdened" is RBU and "Renter-occupied housing units" is HUR. Sometimes these codes are obvious, sometimes not, but they help you find exactly what you're looking for. By typing a three-letter key into the search bar, the topic you want will float to the top:
Renton, Washington? I wanted rent prices!
Ah, there it is.
In addition to places and topics, you can search for the following:
Metopio runs on a machine. Technically it's a whole bunch of machines, but they all speak machine-speak to each other, and get annoyed when we interrupt their conversation with human questions like "Why isn't the wifi working?". We've created some easy ways to translate your human thoughts into machine-speak to make them happier and save you a lot of time.
For instance, you can jump right into a visualization by searching for "a topic in a place". Try it out:
Metopio suggests several ways to interpret what you typed. Pick the one that's closest to what you want.
This takes you right to:
You have the choice to open each visualization in either a chart or a map. You don't even have to type the full name or keyword - Metopio will search based on what you have. Foo in Aust would work just as well.
Extra credit: If you search in in in, what are you making a visualization of?
If you're really enterprising, you can open a scatterplot of two or three topics you want to see side-by-side. Just use they keyword and between them. Each of your search terms will select the best-matching topic, and the scatterplot will open at the county level (you can then choose a different layer).
Once you know the codes, you can search www and lex to get the same result. If you search internet and life expectancy and voter, it would use the Voter Participation Rate VTR as the size of the bubbles instead of Population.
Extra credit: Does the scatterplot produced by and and and show a significant correlation?
I can't believe this works.