Mapping: Popular Pixar Movies by State

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

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

Theatres Enjoy Robust Fundraising Growth with Dynamic Modeling

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

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