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EASI Market Planner: Exploring EASI Data in Data Planet Statistical Datasets

About EASI

Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) is a New-York based software engineering and statistical modeling firm that specializes in consumer demographics. Using input data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Mediamark, EASI develops model-based indicators of the demographic characteristics, consumer spending, and behavior patterns for a wide range of geographic areas—State, counties, census tracts, and block groups. Mediamark is a market research firm that annually publishes The Survey of the American Consumer, based on detailed interviews of 26,000 households.

What's in EASI?

The EASI Market Planner comprises 13 large datasets.  Below are brief descriptions of each. 

Consumer Behavior – Mediamark - This dataset shows US consumer usage and purchasing patterns for over 6,000 products and services. Data are from Mediamark’s annual Survey of the American Consumer, based on 26,000 face-to-face interviews conducted nationwide in consumers’ homes. Easy Analytic Software Inc.(EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and demographic profiles of various geographic areas to show Mediamark’s data for States, counties, census tracts, and block groups.

Consumer Expenditures - This dataset shows average annual household expenditures for various types of products and services. Data are from the nationwide Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX), conducted annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. Easy Analytic Software Inc.(EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and demographic profiles of various geographic areas to show CEX data for States, counties, census tracts, and block groups.

Consumer Price Index - This dataset presents estimates and projections of the Consumer Price Index, based on Consumer Price Index data from the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Spending Analytics - This dataset presents a demographic analysis of household spending for various types of products and services. The table shows total annual expenditures, number of households, and average spending per household. Data are from the nationwide Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX), conducted annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and demographic profiles of various geographic areas to show CEX data for demographic groups within states, counties, census tracts, and block groups.

Demographics - EASI Profiles - This dataset shows the concentration of particular types of households in a geographic area in relation to the national average for that household type. The values shown are index values (100=national average).

Demographics – Census - This dataset shows population and household characteristics as reported in Census 2010. Estimates for the current year and projections 5 years forward are based on new data reported in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Census TIGER files, and the U.S. Postal Service mailable household file.

Gross Domestic Product - This dataset provides GDP for the United States and geographic units.

Health - This dataset provides statistics characterizing the health status of the United States population, including health conditions and behaviors, health care access/usage, and cause of death.

Industries – NAICS - This dataset shows number of establishments and employees, by industry. Data are from the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns. Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and geographic profiles to show this data for census tracts and block groups.

Life Stages  - This indicator shows the number of households in key demographic market segments within a geographic area. Each of the 84 segments in the Life Stages system uniquely combines three household characteristics: age of household head (7 categories), household type (4 categories), and household income (3 categories).  This dataset is designed by EASI.

Media Use - Mediamark - This dataset shows US consumer use of various types of media. Data are from Mediamark’s annual Survey of the American Consumer, based on 26,000 face-to-face interviews conducted nationwide in consumers’ homes. Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and demographic profiles of various geographic areas to show Mediamark’s data for States, counties, census tracts, and block groups.

Quality of Life -This dataset provides measures of quality of life in the United States.

Retail Sales - This dataset shows annual retail sales at 13 types of retail establishments. Data are from the Census of Retail Trade, a part of the quinquennial Economic Census. Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) uses its statistical modeling technology and geographic profiles to show this data for census tracts and block groups. Benchmark data are updated and projected 5 years forward based on County Business Patterns and other sources.

Sales Potential - This dataset presents estimates showing the relative concentration of particular economic or sociodemographic characteristics of an area. The value is presented as an index showing variation from a median value of 100 for each geographic area. “Potential variables” are not actual variables, they are derived estimates intended to help in the evaluation of actual data.  Note that index values are based on the percentage of a particular characteristic in a specific geography, not on the number of households, etc., that meet that criteria.

Direct Link to EASI Market Planner Premium Dataset

For those institutions subscribing to EASI Market Planner, we suggest including a listing for the dataset in your A-Z list of databases in addition to the main entry for Data Planet Statistical Datasets to help increase awareness:

EASI Market Planner

Enter Data Planet to explore this large database, comprising 13 datasets useful for market and business research. Using input data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Mediamark, EASI develops model-based indicators of the demographic characteristics, consumer spending, and behavior patterns for a wide range of geographic areas—state, counties, census tracts, and block groups. Mediamark is a market research firm that annually publishes The Survey of the American Consumer, based on detailed interviews of 26,000 households.After entering Data Planet, find EASI datasets in the Browse by Subject – EASI Analytics listing, or under Browse by Source – EASI Analytics.

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Note: For a direct link into the EASI Market Planner premium dataset, configure as http://statisticaldatasets.data-planet.com/dataplanet/?open=easi

 

Exploring the EASI Datasets in Data Planet Statistical Datasets

In Data Planet Statistical Datasets, the many indicators included in the EASI Market Planner datasets can be viewed as stand-alone trends, charts, or maps. The listing of indicators can be viewed by opening the EASI Analytics entries in the Browse by Source or Browse by Subject - EASI Analytics folder of the indicator tree. For example, the chart below compares the percentage of households that own a personal computer across seven states. Notice how chart options has been used to limit the number of states included in the chart.

 

Note that you can learn more about the indicator, dataset, and source by viewing the statistical abstract that appears below the chart, as below. These summaries can be exported with the graph by clicking on the Export link in the menu bar above the chart. The Create DOI link allows you to create a DOI that ensures that each time you reference the data in a paper or elsewhere that the reader can view the exact view of the DataSheet at the time you created it. For more information on DOIs, click here

 

The implementation of EASI Market Planner datasets in Data Planet Statistical Datasets allows you to compare indicators across states, counties, zip codes, and census tracts, so be sure to explore the many options available to do so. To select multiple indicators, hold down the control (Ctrl) key when clicking on the second (or third) item on the indicator tree. For more information on selecting data for viewing, see http://data-planet.libguides.com/statisticaldatasets .

See the examples below and try it yourself with other indicators and geographies. Keep in mind that the graphs you create do not necessarily imply causality: the results may suggest a potential relationship between the variables you select, which may be an interesting line of inquiry for your own research.

 

EASI: Sample Comparison Charts

Use Data Planet Statistical Datasets to compare and contrast consumer demographics and behaviors across geographies. For example, the chart below ranks amount per household spent on lunch away from home at two different types of venues in New Jersey and New York:

The ranking below shows amount per household spent on beer and ale by two different income groups across three North Carolina counties:

 

The chart below ranks spending on audio and music equipment among households of varying race and ethnicity in California:

 

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