“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
Video of mortar board toss after the ceremony. Happy Graduation Day!
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
Data science is a much debated and comparatively new term in the realm of data analysis and statistics. As the students of the MSA class of 2016 graduate, many of us will start working under the designation of ‘data scientist.’ But, as William Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” I Continue reading What is Data Science?
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
For three full days, five students immersed ourselves in analytics at the Informs Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research (OR). We were given the opportunity to sit in on multiple talks covering a wide variety of topics while also networking with industry specialists. The conference, this year held in Orlando, Continue reading INFORMS
Those who do not follow golf closely may wonder what a “golfer-year” is. Those who do follow golf closely know it’s a term I have just imagined into being. In my attempt to define the greatest golfer of all time, I struggled with how to compare players. Rather than count Continue reading The Best “Golfer-Year”
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
March Madness, it’s a magical time of year where anything can happen. It’s a phenomenon unlike any other: Sixty-eight hopeful college basketball teams enter and, after one wild month, one is crowned champion of them all. With unthinkable upsets happening every year (think Lehigh/Mercer vs. Duke) and dark horse teams running Continue reading Students take on March Machine Learning Mania
It’s interview season, which is a complex combination of excitement and stress. And no matter how much effort you put into preparing for case studies, reviewing notes, brushing up on interview skills, or customizing resumes, you can still get “the news” that you were not selected for a job. What Continue reading Four Stages of Job Rejection Grief
Struggling with missing data? We were too! We have had our fair share of encountering missing data (on homework assignments and practicum project). As my team worked on our practicum project, missing values seemed to be a larger part of the data exploration phase of the model building process than Continue reading What’s Missing? Solving the Missing Values Dilemma
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
2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour. No, that’s not the beginning of a case interview question, but the slogan of the famous Krispy Kreme Challenge! Around 30 brave students (including a “python” and a “data wizard”) and faculty took on the Krispy Kreme Challenge, participating in the 12th Continue reading Glazed Glory: Taking on the Krispy Kreme Challenge
Image above is a visualization of Reddit I created using a public Kaggle data set found here, built with Gephi. One lesson I’ve learned over the past 7 months is that the best way to hone your skills within the field of analytics (or data science, or whatever term you wish to Continue reading Getting your hands dirty with Kaggle
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