Posts Tagged ‘ analytics ’

A closer look at the U.S. income inequality graphs

April 27, 2015
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I've seen a lot of recent news articles purporting income inequality in the U.S. ("the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer") ... and I wondered if the graphs were a true/unbiased representation of the data. For example, I recently saw a couple of graphs in an article on the

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More reasons to stop smoking!

April 22, 2015
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Smoking is an addictive habit that can kill you - if you don't believe me, check out the infographic in this blog post. Recently a friend of mine was on the episode of the Dr. Phil show that focused on "quitting smoking." Here's a picture of Traci with Dr. Phil

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5 questions with analytics expert Bart Baesens

April 20, 2015
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If anyone knows how to finesse insight out of data, it’s Bart Baesens, professor at KU Leuven (Belgium), and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Not only has he written a book about it, Analytics in a Big Data World: The Essential Guide to Data Science and

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Analyzing wait times at VA health care facilities

April 17, 2015
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Data about the monthly wait times at VA facilities in the US are now available, but it's a bit overwhelming to try to analyze them in tabular form - plotting the data on a map made it a lot easier!... Here in the US, when our soldiers finish their commitment in

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A custom map to help track the flu

April 15, 2015
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Has this year's flu been better or worse than you thought it would be? There are a lot of factors that help determine whether or not you're likely to get the flu. Is there a bad strain going around? Did the flu vaccine target the right strain? Did you get

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Applying the KISS principle to maps: An analysis of breastfeeding prevalence

April 13, 2015
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How simple is too simple, when it comes to analyzing data on a map? The KISS principle can be applied to many things, including graphs and maps. What is the KISS principle, you might ask? Well, it's not the rock band that my friend Patricia (pictured below) has been known

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UK General Election 2015: using PROC MAPIMPORT to visualise the election

April 9, 2015
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Election fever has hit the United Kingdom as the days count down to 7th May 2015.  This is likely to be one of the most uncertain elections in recent memory, with nearly 10 parties struggling for votes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Results night will be tense, with the different

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Variations on a stickman graph: Analyzing the Twitter minions

April 7, 2015
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One of our customers asked if I could show him how to reproduce a stickman graph that David McCandless (ala, Information is Beautiful) had created. I'm not sure that it's the best kind of graph for the occasion, but of course SAS can be used to create it! ... David's

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