Presentation Lessons from Summer Practicum

The bottom line? Effective presenting takes a lot of work! On July 25th and 26th, the Blue and Orange cohorts presented the fruits of their three-week summer practicum projects. At the end of their twenty-minute presentation, each group received comments on their performance. While listening to the other teams’ feedback Continue reading Presentation Lessons from Summer Practicum

School Supply Showdown Fundraiser

During the two years I served as an AmeriCorps member before joining the MSA program, I worked at a high school that struggled to cover the costs of necessities like paper and pencils. Teachers would often end up purchasing these items on their own. When I learned that the Institute Continue reading School Supply Showdown Fundraiser

RNN: Recurrent Neural Networks

“Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years,” – Andrew Ng, Former Baidu Chief Scientist, Coursera Co-Founder and Stanford Professor Artificial intelligence, long a mainstay of Continue reading RNN: Recurrent Neural Networks

Graphing (some of) the Class of 2018

I think that meeting new people and starting new friendships are some of the most exciting events in life. However, establishing initial connections is not necessarily spontaneous or particularly easy, especially if information (such as general life background and interests) isn’t readily apparent or available. Fortunately, we happen to have a Continue reading Graphing (some of) the Class of 2018

MSA (Most Strategic Advice) for MSA

Time is flying as the class of 2017 prepares to walk across the graduation stage; the Class of 2018 will soon be making its way through the IAA doors (just don’t forget your Datawatch cards). As our transition to the professional world gains momentum, reflecting on my journey through the program Continue reading MSA (Most Strategic Advice) for MSA

Songs Over the Decades – A Text Mining Analysis

“Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder Like Stevie Wonder said, music is a powerful language that has united the world through culture, politics, and ultimately as a form of expression. Its power throughout time cannot be disputed, specifically in its Continue reading Songs Over the Decades – A Text Mining Analysis

Analytics in the Military

Conversations about Big Data and Analytics have taken the global business market by storm. There is not an industry today where these terms have not graced a headline or been echoed by a company CEO. Everyone is thinking about data, and industries are looking for people with the right assortment Continue reading Analytics in the Military

The MSA Program is ‘In-Tents’

As the title suggests, the MSA program is intense. There are projects, homeworks, and real-world practicum projects. Every aspect of the program is focused on “developing the world’s best data professionals,” as Dr. Rappa likes to say. However, this article isn’t about the program being intense, but rather it is Continue reading The MSA Program is ‘In-Tents’