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

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

INFORMS

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

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

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

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

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!