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

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