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

Four Stages of Job Rejection Grief

It’s interview season, which is a complex combination of excitement and stress. And no matter how much effort you put into preparing for case studies, reviewing notes, brushing up on interview skills, or customizing resumes, you can still get “the news” that you were not selected for a job. What Continue reading Four Stages of Job Rejection Grief

What’s Missing? Solving the Missing Values Dilemma

Struggling with missing data? We were too! We have had our fair share of encountering missing data (on homework assignments and practicum project). As my team worked on our practicum project, missing values seemed to be a larger part of the data exploration phase of the model building process than Continue reading What’s Missing? Solving the Missing Values Dilemma

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

Glazed Glory: Taking on the Krispy Kreme Challenge

2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour. No, that’s not the beginning of a case interview question, but the slogan of the famous Krispy Kreme Challenge! Around 30 brave students (including a “python” and a “data wizard”) and faculty took on the Krispy Kreme Challenge, participating in the 12th Continue reading Glazed Glory: Taking on the Krispy Kreme Challenge

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

“Clustomer” Segmentation

Our recent marketing project was about creating customer segments for an online travel company. While we spent hours crunching data and looking at statistics to come up with those magic segments – our results and final presentation were the most interesting parts of this project. We presented our findings with Continue reading “Clustomer” Segmentation

Will data analysis be automated?

In 2011, McKinsey & Company released a report about the shortage of analytical talents, marking the beginning of the era of big data. In the following year, an article in the Harvard Business Review called data scientist “the sexiest job in 21st century.” Businesses and organizations, private and public sectors alike, continue Continue reading Will data analysis be automated?

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

Star Wars and text mining: This is the post you are looking for…

10 years. It has been 10 years since the last Star Wars film, and the world is fully feeling the Star Wars fever. From Star Wars toys and games to Star Wars household items, Star Wars is everywhere you turn and it could not be more exciting. With Star Wars Continue reading Star Wars and text mining: This is the post you are looking for…