Social distancing has been imposed across the United States. We are running an experiment unlike anything before it in history, and it is likely to have a lasting impact on human behavior. By looking at location data of how people are moving around today, we can examine the real-world impacts of social distancing.
SafeGraph is a company that provides geospatial location data to be used by developers and researchers. Much of their data is aggregated from cell phone GPS pings which identify where anonymized users are in the world. This data set provides the basis for SafeGraph’s social distancing metrics, which measure how frequently people are coming into contact with one another.
Ryan Fox Squire works at SafeGraph, and he returns to the show to discuss social distancing metrics and the research that has come out of studying these metrics.
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