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’

Analytics Meetup Groups

Each class in the MSA program has less than a year to both master analytics and pursue our ideal job, so I want to get involved with as many diverse analytics-oriented events as possible. Overall, I’m enthusiastic about the value of several local meetups to broaden my experience with analytics. Continue reading Analytics Meetup Groups

Presentation Slides: Why you should use icons

“An icon is worth a thousand of words.” Well, this statement may be a bit of an exaggeration. However, icons in presentation slides can communicate in a much better way than using words in terms of the quantity of information and richness of style. As analytics professionals, one important job Continue reading Presentation Slides: Why you should use icons

The Museum Tour

After 8 months of working with our museum partners to get their valuable insight, data cleaning, data aggregation, coaching staff meetings, data cleaning, midterm presentations, (have we mentioned data cleaning?), model building, model testing and validation, more model building, PowerPoint development, and report writing – our project finally came together Continue reading The Museum Tour