Datalines: An interview with Elaine McVey

“Thinking about how we collect data, how we use data, and how it affects people is part of the obligation of being in data science.” – Elaine McVey This is the first interview in a series called Datalines that explores data science careers in the social sector. The idea for Continue reading Datalines: An interview with Elaine McVey

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 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

Master of Participation in Analytics

Take an inside look at how often certain students participate in spring classes and who interacts in the same class. Names have been changed for privacy.   Key Findings The average student participated in class with 13 other students The 4 students who participated the most did not always participate Continue reading Master of Participation in Analytics

Marvel Cinema Universe Network Analysis

If you are a villain in the Marvel Cinema Universe (MCU), good luck surviving long enough to be a staple in the movie franchise. A select few actors have been fortunate enough to make an appearance in 4 or more of the Marvel Comic Universe movies, with Robert Downey Jr. Continue reading Marvel Cinema Universe Network Analysis

Blood Sugar Analysis App

The ability for organizations to data mine and address a wide range of business problems across many industries is a huge asset in terms of ROI. What about big data and analytics helping not only the bottom line but also the general public? What about all the data that envelops Continue reading Blood Sugar Analysis App

Testing an NFL Claim

As I waited for my SAS code for practicum to run, I came across a Super Bowl commercial by the NFL, shown below. The commercial starts with the claim that “9 months after a Super Bowl victory, winning cities see a rise in births.” While it is humorous and easy to Continue reading Testing an NFL Claim

Text Mining for an Efficient Democracy: A Case Study

For many of us, our knowledge of how a proposed bill becomes a law begins and ends somewhere around Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill.” What you probably don’t know is that federal law mandates that every member of the public (that’s you and me!) must have an opportunity to Continue reading Text Mining for an Efficient Democracy: A Case Study

Will data analysis be automated?

In 2011, McKinsey & Company released a report about the shortage of analytical talents, marking the beginning of the era of big data. In the following year, an article in the Harvard Business Review called data scientist “the sexiest job in 21st century.” Businesses and organizations, private and public sectors alike, continue Continue reading Will data analysis be automated?

News vs. Noise: The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis

What is the Syrian Refugee Crisis? As a result of the Syrian Civil War, 4 million Syrians have been displaced from their home, mostly taking refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. By October 2015, the cumulative number of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe had reached over Continue reading News vs. Noise: The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis

How I Didn’t Lose Money in Vegas

On my flight to Las Vegas, I considered how I could best use the little money in my pocket. I could gamble it in the casino, or I could save it for a Christmas present for my mother. I remember my successes in the simple card game War as a Continue reading How I Didn’t Lose Money in Vegas

Star Wars and text mining: This is the post you are looking for…

10 years. It has been 10 years since the last Star Wars film, and the world is fully feeling the Star Wars fever. From Star Wars toys and games to Star Wars household items, Star Wars is everywhere you turn and it could not be more exciting. With Star Wars Continue reading Star Wars and text mining: This is the post you are looking for…

Soccer Team

“It Depends.” This phrase is a running joke at the Institute for all of the statistical questions one may ever have: Is your R-squared value good enough? Should you take an order one difference? Ensemble? It also happens to be the mantra of the undefeated Institute for Advanced Analytics Football Continue reading Soccer Team

Bond, James Bond

Despite a plethora of franchise reboots occurring over the last decade, one that has always stood the test of time is James Bond. Whether due to the presence of fancy cars and gadgets, formulaic villains, or just the British accents, the franchise continues to consistently attract American audiences. With Spectre, Continue reading Bond, James Bond