Using Tableau to Build a Time Series Model

Tableau is most often used as a visualization tool, but it is also a powerful tool to build exponential smoothing models for time series data. If your data uses an exponential smoothing model for forecasting (more recent observations are given greater weight), and you want to have a quick drag-n-drop Continue reading Using Tableau to Build a Time Series Model

Analyzing the Ultimate Halloween Candy Power Ranking

Like everything else in 2020, this Halloween will be different from any other year.  That doesn’t have to be a negative thing, though.  Fewer trick-or-treaters means you get to keep more of the candy bowl to yourself.  I am celebrating early this year with an analysis of FiveThirtyEight’s Ultimate Halloween Continue reading Analyzing the Ultimate Halloween Candy Power Ranking

Ggeconodist: Your Secret Weapon for Graphing

The  ggplot2 library is an incredibly powerful and wonderful visualization tool for most graphs, but when it comes to boxplots, the ggeconodist library has the upper hand. Learning to use this library in R means you will no longer spend 10 minutes explaining your boxplot to your audience. Both boxplots Continue reading Ggeconodist: Your Secret Weapon for Graphing

5 Chrome Extensions Every MSA Student Needs

MSA students spend 60+ hours per week attending class, studying, meeting with project and practicum teams, doing homework, and more.  Everyone wants to make the most of their time in the program, so today I’m going to show you five Chrome extensions that you can install in your browser to Continue reading 5 Chrome Extensions Every MSA Student Needs

Building a Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Engine

While preparing for the SAS Business Analyst certification, Jiin and I were discussing a side project that we could complete during the winter break. We decided to build a movie recommendation engine for two reasons. First, neither of us had experience in this area, and second, this project would help Continue reading Building a Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Engine

How to Ace Your First Hackathon–Tutorials in Python

Back in 2018, when I first learned about hackathons, I had never written a line of code in Python, let alone participated in coding events. While I was excited about solving data science problems, my lack of coding skills was a severe hindrance in achieving this feat. However, I was Continue reading How to Ace Your First Hackathon–Tutorials in Python