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

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

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

What’s Missing? Solving the Missing Values Dilemma

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

Getting your hands dirty with Kaggle

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

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

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

Road Trips, Podcasts, and Data, Oh my!

I knew the moment I was accepted into the MSA program at North Carolina State University that I wanted to drive to my new home in Raleigh. Having grown up and spent all my life in the dry and sunny clutches of the Southwest, I knew I couldn’t pass up Continue reading Road Trips, Podcasts, and Data, Oh my!