I am chronically behind on watching TV and movies - I haven't seen Frozen yet and that was a huge hit in 2013! With the summer heat I have been looking to spend some time catching up on movies and TV shows. Mental Floss did an analysis of popular movies by state through Google Trends … Continue reading Mapping: Popular Pixar Movies by State
Learn How the National Audubon Society Predicted Climate Change Effects on Where Birds will Live in the Future.
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
Who is excited for spring and summer? I know I am! I love warmer weather for boating, gardening, bbqs, and biking, but I often have mountains of projects at home based in technology and analytics so I work to merge my interests (for better or worse). This article is about a computer scientist who bike commutes … Continue reading Work, Hobbies, and Analytics
The Nonprofit Quarterly writes this month about the robust fundraising growth trend seen by American theatres from 2013 to 2016. While strategic partnership with corporate, government, and foundation entities continue to be key funding sources, Stuart Miller, writing for American Theatre, offers the following insights into recent success: Increased sophistication in campaign and strategic planning among … Continue reading Theatres Enjoy Robust Fundraising Growth with Dynamic Modeling
I recently found this article on the news aggregator site Data Science Central and found the parallels between the role of analytics in fundraising and the telecom industry as described by the post's author to be very revealing. It's a good read and offers some good perspective on our work and the importance of data-driven … Continue reading Analytics in Context
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!)
I know I am getting ready to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, are you? One thing that I am looking forward to this year is learning more about athletes and teams using analytics to hone in on their skills and what could hopefully lead to a win. Check out this article about Canadian lugers working … Continue reading Olympic Lugers Tap into Analytics
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
Many of us have WPA2 encryption for our wifi networks, both at home and at work. Recently, a flaw in the encryption of the WPA2 protocol was found. Looking towards the future look for patch updates on your devices and make sure to use HTTPS sites. Read more about the WPA2 security flaw here.