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

“Clustomer” Segmentation

Our recent marketing project was about creating customer segments for an online travel company. While we spent hours crunching data and looking at statistics to come up with those magic segments – our results and final presentation were the most interesting parts of this project. We presented our findings with Continue reading “Clustomer” Segmentation

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

Women at the Institute

I came to this program after a decade of calling myself an economist. Even in the last year and a half when that hasn’t been my job title, I’ve clung to it on the grounds that economics shapes much of how I understand the world and work within it. That Continue reading Women at the Institute

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

Plot Your Data

Visual data exploration or how filters will change your life Plotting your data is a necessary first step with any large data set driven project whether that is forecasting, predictive modeling or just providing summary statistical insights. There are many ways to plot in as many software packages as you Continue reading Plot Your Data

Elevator pitches that just won’t work…

I sometimes feel awkward mingling at networking events and the thought of pitching myself in 20 seconds with something memorable gives me the heebie jeebies. Here are a few pitches or memorable phrases that I know won’t work, but may be useful to excercise my mental block demons. Hopefully getting Continue reading Elevator pitches that just won’t work…

5 Tips for International Students

I have contemplated writing a blog to document my experiences in the 10 month MS Analytics program. However, when it came time to choose a topic to write about, I was more confused than a SAS programmer using R for the first time. I wanted to write about a multitude of Continue reading 5 Tips for International Students

Beyond Business: Data Science as a Tool for Social Good

  What does the average person envision when encountering the term “data science?” With the advent and approach toward ubiquity of buzzwords like big data and analytics in the world of business, one might understandably assume that the emerging field is devoted to increasing private sector profits. However, the applications Continue reading Beyond Business: Data Science as a Tool for Social Good

Building an Analyst One Board Game at a Time

What makes a strong analyst? We talk to many employers during information events. A pretty common question that gets asked is “What are you looking for in an new hire? What makes a successful analyst/data scientist in your organization/company/secret cabal?” A few of the characteristics that I’ve noted from the many Continue reading Building an Analyst One Board Game at a Time