FAQ: Overview of Data Acquisition Methods - Making API request from browser

Is anyone else having difficulty understanding this little section? I feel like I couldn’t fully understand what they were trying to teach me. I attempted the challenge and got pretty close, but was still off by a few small errors and I feel like I’m just not fully grasping what they’re saying here.


I’m feeling this way too! I’m on the same career path and it’s been pretty smooth sailing (other than having a hard time grasping some of the statistics stuff). I had someone recommend to me to do the Learn the Command Line course and that helped me a bit to feel more competent but definitely doesn’t go over this API stuff. It was also a pretty quick and easy course, I finished it within a week or so.

I’m debating on just going for the full python course as well, wondering If I can just pick and choose the courses along the career path to just get enough certifications to get a job and then continue it later?

From what I understand with my goal, is that I can get a job without all of this career path being completed and if you want to advance more into data analytics then this stuff will eventually become important, but not exactly for a beginner into the field.

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I can’t seem to figure out how we are making "an API call to request state-level data containing: * The total commuters count, and

  • The count for commuters who travel 90 or more minutes."

Where are these “counts” contained and where do we confirm this?

I come from a web programming background and have used APIs before so maybe I’m forgetting something obvious :upside_down_face:

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Hi, it’s definitely a bit confusing. You can find the appropriate variable to request in the B08303 variable group documentation.

The link will pull up a table with the variable name and what data that variable would pull. Since we’re looking for people whose estimated commute time is 90+ min, the variable name is B08303_013E and the label (aka definition) is Estimate!!Total:!!90 or more minutes.

How can I write this query to return the ratio between group commuters vs total commuters?

How did we come to the conclusion that we need to use B08303_002E in our query?