Comparisons allow you to view your city, project area, or community's data against any other location's data. In fact, you can compare up to six geographies at a time. This can add a whole new level of insight into the location you are analyzing, and you may be surprised at the similarities and differences you find between geographies. You can also normalize the data to accurately compare regions of different sizes. And don’t forget: you can compare custom geographies as well!
There are several ways you can add comparisons in mySidewalk, including within the dataset library, on report templates, and in reports. Let’s take a look at each:
Want to compare a single dataset across multiple locations? The dataset library will be the best place for you.
- From the top drop-down Menu, click Dataset Library
- Search by dataset name or tag, or browse mySidewalk’s dataset library. Once you find a desired dataset, click on the title.
- This will bring you into the dataset detail page for your default location.
- Find and click “Add Comparison” towards the bottom left-side of the page. Search for a geography, or use the recent, nearby, and custom geographies columns.
- Add up to 5 additional comparisons. The dataset will update to reflect these comparisons.
Reports & Report Templates:
Do you need to compare the same location(s) across multiple datasets? The best place to do this is within reports and report templates.
- From the top-drop down Menu, click Reports
- Click New Report, OR find a report template within the Template Library tab
- Locate Report Settings in the right-hand column of your report. To change your default report geography or to add a comparison, click Add geography
- Add up to 5 additional locations using the search bar, or by selecting from the recent geographies, nearby geographies, and custom geographies columns. Click Complete Selection when you're finished.
- Begin adding your desired components to the report!
You'll notice the percentage difference next to the added comparisons. This number shows the percentage increase or decrease as compared to the original geography you selected.