Team of IAA Students Among Finalists at 2018 ASA Duke DataFest

The IAA team of Daniel Li, Veer Gupta, Idrees Hussain, Emily Hadley, and Matias Avila were among the 9 finalist teams in a field of over 80 teams at the 2018 Duke DataFest. We were commended for our presentation skills and analysis. The 2018 ASA Duke Datafest (https://www2.stat.duke.edu/datafest/) began on Continue reading Team of IAA Students Among Finalists at 2018 ASA Duke DataFest

Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

This article was originally posted to LinkedIn by Amy Hemmeter and Kirsty Ward. We have included it in Data Column to show an example of the kinds of outside collaborative projects that students complete. At the beginning of the year, we realized that we shared an interest in text analytics, Continue reading Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

“I couldn’t care less.. For all intents and purposes.. One and the same” and other commonly misspoken phrases

Have you ever realized that you’ve been saying a common phrase incorrectly? Often the first way you hear a phrase pronounced is adopted as your personal rule. This comes up in everyday speech and, maybe most amusingly, in the misinterpretation of song lyrics. This blog post was inspired by noticing Continue reading “I couldn’t care less.. For all intents and purposes.. One and the same” and other commonly misspoken phrases

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

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

Students take on March Machine Learning Mania

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

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

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

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