Wired Magazine: The Man Who Could Unsnarl Manhattan Traffic


The article “The Man Who Could Unsnarl Manhattan Traffic” appeared in Wired magazine in 2012. At the time I thought it was very interesting considering that the person it describes, Charles Komanoff, did all of his work using Excel. And you all thought I was torturing you with learning spreadsheets for nothing.

Traffic in Manhattan

Komanoff has created a model for traffic and all of the different factors that impact traffic flow in Manhattan. And he did all of this with statistics and Excel! Excel, like Google Sheets, is a standard business tool used in the real world. Learning the basic while taking this class should help you when you go looking for a job or when you take an accounting class.

Every graph you see in the handouts for your class is produced using Excel or Google Sheets…I get some pretty impressive results. And a lot of you are getting very good at using Google Sheets as well as Google Docs too. Learning how to use these tools will pay off…if not in this class then perhaps in other classes.