The Best Resource for Self-Paced Statistical Learning

There are no shortage of books, traditional & online courses, experts, or blogs (including this one!) about data analytics these days. For someone who may just be starting out in the field, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. In my experience, the best resources for self-paced learning about this expansive subject are the … Continue reading The Best Resource for Self-Paced Statistical Learning

Silicon Valley’s Impact on Philanthropy

Fascinating article from the Atlantic about the impact of Silicon Valley and its growing community of data-obsessed entrepreneurs has had on the world of philanthropic giving! Very interesting to observe not only the move towards speaking in the vocabulary used by cutting edge business-types and technologists, but also the importance of metrics and quantifying impact … Continue reading Silicon Valley’s Impact on Philanthropy

2 Fantastic Examples of Visualizing Sports Data

We are currently experiencing a glut of worldwide sports entertainment with the World Cup wrapping up this weekend, the 105th edition of Le Tour de France cycling race throughout the month of July, and the Wimbledon tennis championships all taking place simultaneously. To help keep pace with every minute-by-minute development, we've found 2 excellent data … Continue reading 2 Fantastic Examples of Visualizing Sports Data

The Link Between World War II and Your Predictive Models

The Receiver Operating Characteristic, or ROC, curve is a tried-and-true diagnostic for binary classification models. Its simple, elegant design allows analysts to easily choose among multiple classifiers as well as among any number of probability cutoffs by plotting the True Positive rate against the False Positive rate. In this post, we’ll dive into the key … Continue reading The Link Between World War II and Your Predictive Models

Improving your office Secret Santa with R (yes, really!)

If you're joining your coworkers in the time-honored workplace tradition of Secret Santa this holiday season, look no further than this R function to improve efficiency and have a bit of fun too! For those who may not be familiar with this particular holiday tradition, a group of people get together and everyone purchases a … Continue reading Improving your office Secret Santa with R (yes, really!)

5 Takeaways from Max Kuhn’s “R for Machine Learning” Workshop

I recently had the opportunity to attend “R for Machine Learning,” one of the pre-conference workshops held in conjunction with the Predictive Analytics World conference in New York City. The instructor for this excellent hands-on workshop was none other than Max Kuhn, Data Scientist at RStudio and author of the “caret” R package (among others) … Continue reading 5 Takeaways from Max Kuhn’s “R for Machine Learning” Workshop

Breaking Enigma

In honor of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, be sure to read this incredible article about the lasting impact of the battle to break the Nazi Enigma code! If you're looking for insight into the value of data-driven decision making, look no further!