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Feb. 5, 2013 9:30 am

Police Department provides more specific breakdown of homicide numbers in released crime data

After public interest news outfit Axis Philly reported that the city's recently released crime data didn't match up with the Police Department's homicide numbers

The Police Department's crime stats

After public interest news outfit Axis Philly reported that the city’s recently released crime data didn’t match up with the Police Department‘s homicide numbers, the Police Department provided a more specific breakdown of homicides to prevent further confusion. Read Axis Philly’s store on the updated data here.

Updated 2/5/13 11:16 a.m.: In a comment on this post (scroll down to read the whole response), the city’s Chief Data Officer Mark Headd said: “So the issue was not that the ‘data didn’t match up,’ it was that the reporter was initially comparing two different data sets under the assumption that they contained the same data – they didn’t.” If you ever have any questions about the city’s data, comment on this Google Group, Headd said.

Use these tools to visualize crime around the city:

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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