Conversations about Big Data and Analytics have taken the global business market by storm. There is not an industry today where these terms have not graced a headline or been echoed by a company CEO. Everyone is thinking about data, and industries are looking for people with the right assortment Continue reading Analytics in the Military
As the title suggests, the MSA program is intense. There are projects, homeworks, and real-world practicum projects. Every aspect of the program is focused on “developing the world’s best data professionals,” as Dr. Rappa likes to say. However, this article isn’t about the program being intense, but rather it is Continue reading The MSA Program is ‘In-Tents’
I have eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill 33 times in the last three months! Yes. THIRTY THREE TIMES! From July 1st-September 30th of this year (2016), Chipotle enacted a rewards program called Chiptopia. There are 3 levels that the customer can achieve by going to the restaurant a certain number Continue reading Chipotle Fan for Life
What state had the best Olympic showing? At the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the United States had one of its best showings in history – bringing back a total of 121 medals. The Olympians come from states all over the U.S. While they are competing against other countries, they Continue reading Olympic Medal Count by State
Now that the Rio Olympics have come to a close and the athletes have departed the Olympic Village, one question that might be on peoples’ minds is: Which nation was the winner of the games? At first glance, the obvious answer to this question is the United States. No other Continue reading Olympic Medal Count by Country
Imagine being locked in a room for exactly one hour…now imagine you’re there with five strangers….and to top it off, the success of your escape depends on solving puzzles. If you can imagine all that, then you know what twenty-one members of the MSA Class of 17 went through during Continue reading Escape Room
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
“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
Video of mortar board toss after the ceremony. Happy Graduation Day!
After 8 months of working with our museum partners to get their valuable insight, data cleaning, data aggregation, coaching staff meetings, data cleaning, midterm presentations, (have we mentioned data cleaning?), model building, model testing and validation, more model building, PowerPoint development, and report writing – our project finally came together Continue reading The Museum Tour
Data science is a much debated and comparatively new term in the realm of data analysis and statistics. As the students of the MSA class of 2016 graduate, many of us will start working under the designation of ‘data scientist.’ But, as William Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” I Continue reading What is Data Science?
Take an inside look at how often certain students participate in spring classes and who interacts in the same class. Names have been changed for privacy. Key Findings The average student participated in class with 13 other students The 4 students who participated the most did not always participate Continue reading Master of Participation in Analytics
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
Those who do not follow golf closely may wonder what a “golfer-year” is. Those who do follow golf closely know it’s a term I have just imagined into being. In my attempt to define the greatest golfer of all time, I struggled with how to compare players. Rather than count Continue reading The Best “Golfer-Year”