Kate from Oz

Dive Bar Project


What started as an Advanced Spatial Analysis class project so gained traction and size to become the topic of my Master of Arts - Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology and GIS, graduation project. While I do not have to complete it for graduation due to becoming an Analytics + Business Intelligence intern at AccuWeather, I still have a love of dive bars and plan to see my Dive Bar Project through. Once my concept is tested and fingers crossed, successful in Omaha or Denver, I hope to expand it to other cities and develop it into an easily usable app/site for my fellow Dive Bar lovers.

Dive Bar Project

I hope to finish the modeling on Sedgwick County during Summer 2017. Enjoyably, once this part of my work is finished, I'll have to visit some of these drinking establishments to confirm their status as a dive bar. Lastly, I'll hopefully be successful in replicating my predictive model on Douglas County Nebraska during the second half of 2017. 


Dive Bar Project?

Yep, you read that correctly. I'm in the final stage of completely my Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, specializing in Great Plains archaeology and GIS (geographic information systems) at Wichita State University. For an Advanced Spatial Analysis class, my professor let us pick our project for the semester. As you can guess, most of my classmates choose something corresponding to archaeology, given we are archaeology students. I asked if I could do something with Dive Bars! Just days before, a group of us were sitting around discussing dive bars and mapping local dives to develop Dive Bar Crawls. The three of us all had a background with GIS, and especially ArcGIS, and as they say, the rest is history...

Class Project to Masters Thesis...

My professor got a laugh out of my proposed project, and approved it for my advanced class. Soon after, because I was feeling unmotivated regarding my current project for graduation, I asked if I could use dive bars for my thesis. Shockingly, Dr. Hughes said yes and so the hard work began. Yes, dive bars are a far cry from archaeology, but not if you really think about it - and know that my university just spent a ton of money on a software license from Esri for ArcGIS, my department was spearheading this effort, and they would appreciate a way to get other students and facualty interested in the benefits of using ArcGIS. And as we all know, everyone loves booze, and hopefully dive bars!

Predictive Model for Determining if a drinking establishment is a Dive Bar

Currently, I'm in the meat of my Masters thesis using Esri's ArcGIS, US Census demographics, crime statistics, and the more elusive determinants like age, regular clientale, drink prices, square footage, lack of natural light, and entertainments like karaoke, pool, and live music. Part One of my model is based off Sedgwick County, Kansas. Part Two will be proofing my initial model with Douglas County, Nebraska (Omaha).



The datasets used to build my model include: 

  • List of all businesses with liquor licenses in Sedgwick County Kansas
  • US Govt census data from 2012 - this provides demographic information including median income, unemployment rate, percent minorities, veteran population, median age of buildings, educational level for age 25 and above, home value, etc.
  • Sedgwick County Crime Statistics
  • Bars' social media and websites to determine things like karaoke, pool, and live music
  • Bar Characteristics: age, karaoke, pool, square footage, lack of windows, regulars, cheap drinks

Dive Bar Model

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Results: Wichita Dive Bar Model

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Proof: Determining if Wichita's Dive Bar Model can be successfully applied to Omaha

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Future: Applying Dive Bar Model to new cities

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