Microelectronics Technology: Find data sets for MT 222

Data set parameters

Hello MT 222 students! This page has some links and suggestions to get you started finding a data set for use this term.

The first step is to think of a single process that interests you and then identify a data point that is measured over time. Since you'll be working with the data it will make more sense if you are interested in the process as you manipulate the data. Here are some notes on the characteristics of the data set, from the assignment:

  • data set measures a single process and a single characteristic of that process, which is measured repeatedly over time

  • the process is controlled to be consistent so the measurement won't expect to have much variance (like in manufacturing) [Note from instructor: This is prefered, but there is some leeway here (for example looking at global temperatures over centuries), and exceptions (for example for continuously increasing measurements, like populations or economies)]

  • data set has a date/time stamp and at least 100, but ideally around 1,000 data points (Note from instructor: the date/time stamp can be assigned)

  • available for use in a class term project -- ask your workplace for permission to use data available

Oregon & Portland Websites & Statistics

United States Statistical Websites

Advanced Google Searching

Google's advanced search lets you limit your search to more reliable resources, like education sites or government sites. To do this, add site:edu or site:gov to your regular Google search.

For example: 

  • If you do an ordinary Google search for nutritional supplements, most of your top results will be commercial (.com) sites trying to sell you vitamins.
  • If you search for nutritional supplements site:gov , the top results (except for the sponsored ads) will be sites such as the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, which are authoritative, unbiased sources that are not trying to sell you anything.
  • If you search for nutritional supplements site:edu, your top results will be from universities providing research on nutritional supplements.

Learn more Google Search tips from "6 Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective" in the New York Times.

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