Always an Active Community Member

February 10, 2017 by  //  Topics: Blog
Always an Active Community Member

Rapid Insight is very fortunate to be located in the heart of the beautiful Mount Washington Valley.  We always strive to be an active member of such a special and tight knit community. The MWV is not only a wonderful…

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Confessions of a Former Fundraiser

September 16, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

By Scot Henley, Director of Strategic Partnerships Of all the things I cherish about my time leading a nonprofit organization over much of the last decade, it’s the relationships with donors that I loved the most. As executive director, I…

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Rapid Insight User Conference Reflections

June 30, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

This week was Rapid Insight’s Annual User Conference. I’ve been heavily involved in user conference events throughout my career and I’m a big believer in not only the educational value of a stakeholder conference but also their transformative value for…

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Rapid Insight to Sponsor Olympic Athlete

May 18, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog, News
Rapid Insight to Sponsor Olympic Athlete

For the 2016-2017 biathlon season, Rapid Insight will proudly be sponsoring Mount Washington Valley local Olympian, Sean Doherty. Conway, NH – Olympic athlete and Center Conway native, Sean Doherty, has already forged an impressive path in the biathlon world at…

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Performance-Based Funding: Unintended Consequences?

April 12, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

Performance-based funding is well-established by now. Thirty two states are on board so far (NCSL). What is not clearly established, is how performance-based funding might be affecting colleges’ decision-making. One perspective is that colleges may re-evaluate admission decisions or academic…

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Succeeding with a Shrinking Prospect Pool

March 30, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

Whichever news sources you might follow for your higher ed news, you have probably heard that that the pool of high-school graduates is down. The number of applications, generally, is actually increasing, but those applications are hard to yield. The…

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Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

In honor of Pi Day we would like to supply you with some resources to get your 3.14 celebration on! In the U.S. we mark March 14th as national π day due to our use of the month/day date format…

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Even a Little Data Will Do

March 11, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

I’m motivated by the little ways data can make a very human impact. We always champion predictive modeling as a way your data can help your students, but there are a lot of very helpful stops along the way to…

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What’s the deal with Clustering?

February 22, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

Information is very often stored either as a number on a spectrum or as a category. Predictive modeling benefits from both of these kinds of data. One neat, often under-used trick is using clusters to help your model capture behaviors…

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But First, is the Data Any Good?

January 15, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog, Data Prep

Garbage in, garbage out. Anyone who works with data is familiar with this phrase. If you start with messy, inconsistent data, you will generate inaccurate analyses. I recently had 2 different conversations with people about the quality of their data. They…

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The Real Value of Powerball Tickets

January 13, 2016 by  //  Topics: Blog

There are two things you probably hear about the powerball: Woah! $1.5 billion! You’re more likely to get bit by a hammerhead shark while driving on the highway during a sandstorm (or some other highly unlikely event). But this is…

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Custom Window Treatments

December 30, 2015 by  //  Topics: Analytics, Blog

Generally speaking, I have the opportunity to use Rapid Insight Analytics more than most customers do. In working with it so frequently, I’ve picked up a few tendencies that make it a little more efficient, or at the very least,…

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Ultraviolet Data

August 25, 2015 by  //  Topics: Blog, Data Science, Variables

Ultraviolet light, when dispersed through a black light, allows us to see beyond the spectrum of the light we’re used to seeing. Ultraviolet data* works the same way – it is the data that your company is probably capturing but…

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Rapid Insight Conference Recap

August 20, 2015 by  //  Topics: Blog

For Throwback Thursday we wanted to share a recap of our Rapid Insight Conference from Senior Statistical Analyst, Jon MacMillan. The Conference was back in June but the insights still are worth sharing for today’s #TBT… In my role as…

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3 Challenges for Reporting with Data

July 7, 2015 by  //  Topics: Blog

Bringing data to the conversation in a relatable, digestible fashion has always seemed like a challenge to me. Off the top of my head, there are 3 main data challenges I personally face each day, and some quick suggestions of…

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Analytics Version 3.0 is Out!

June 5, 2015 by  //  Topics: Analytics, Blog

Rapid Insight Analytics version 3.0 has just been released!  Version 3.0 offers a robust set of features to help you understand and leverage your data into actionable results. If you haven’t had the opportunity to use Analytics before now, it’s a great…

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Rapid Insight® and TWGPlus Collaborate on eBook on Optimizing Enrollment Management with Predictive Modeling

Rapid Insight® and TWGPlus Collaborate on eBook on Optimizing Enrollment Management with Predictive Modeling

eBook Outlines Strategy for Getting Started with Predictive Analytics in Higher Education Rapid Insight Inc., the leading provider of easy to use predictive analytic and data blending software has partnered with TWGPlus of Austin, TX, on an eBook to help…

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Trends in Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed: Five Questions with Mike Johnson, Director, Institutional Research at Dickinson College

October 8, 2014 by  //  Topics: Blog, Five Questions with..., Predictive Analytics
Trends in Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed: Five Questions with Mike Johnson, Director, Institutional Research at Dickinson College

In this segment of Five Questions with… we talk with Dr. Mike Johnson, the Director of Institutional Research at Dickinson College about the future of predictive analytics in higher education.  Dr. Johnson has been a pioneer with his use of predictive…

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Where is Your Next Freshman Class Coming From?

September 17, 2014 by  //  Topics: Blog
Where is Your Next Freshman Class Coming From?

I have been spending time recently researching enrollment trends and statistics, which I will be presenting in a webinar on September 30th, titled Fighting for Students in a Shrinking Market: The New Normal. This research generated the ideas for this…

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Are You Sure That’s Correct?

August 5, 2014 by  //  Topics: Advancement, Blog
Are You Sure That’s Correct?

During her presentation at APRA 2014, Cristi Hendry of Harvey Mudd College, made a statement to the effect of “Nobody wants to be handed a stack of scores for prospects, with little to no explanation of how they were created.”…

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NULL: When Missing Data is Valuable

January 9, 2014 by  //  Topics: Blog
NULL: When Missing Data is Valuable

In statistics, missing values generally fall into one of two categories: those values that are missing at random, and those values that are not missing at random. For this article, we’re focusing on the second case. Sometimes a new variable…

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Rapid Insight Announces 70 New Customers in 2013

December 19, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, News

Organizations range from universities and community colleges to health care and financial institutions Conway, NH December 19, 2013 –Rapid Insight, the market leader in easy-to-use business intelligence and predictive analytics software, announced today that they have added 70 new organizations…

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Brushing Up on R-Squared

November 6, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, Statistics
Brushing Up on R-Squared

When was the last time you took a course in statistics? For many of us, it’s been a few years… at least. When talking to customers about some of the statistical concepts that factor into predictive models, I’ve found that…

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Obamacare: Predicting Outcomes

September 27, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, Healthcare
Obamacare: Predicting Outcomes

With the October 1 opening of the Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges swiftly approaching, we’re about to experience a major shift in the way our country’s healthcare system works. For better or worse, there are definite changes that are already starting…

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The Data-Driven Difference

September 20, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, Data Science
The Data-Driven Difference

I’d like to share one of the best explanations of data-driven decision making that I’ve ever encountered; it comes from a Forbes article published back in March. I’ll paraphrase here, but I also encourage you to read the full article….

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Playlists for Analysis

July 16, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, User Conference

At our recent User Conference, I had a really interesting conversation with some of our customers about listening to music at work which got me thinking about the types of music that people listen to in the office.  I know…

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Bookworming

June 4, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog

Looking for a book to read this summer? We’re proud to present our second annual list of Rapid Insight staff-recommended books for your perusal: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Mike Laracy, CEO) When I first read this I started highlighting…

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Tips for Charting in Veera

May 14, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog, Reporting, Veera

Being able to collect and identify valuable data is important for making sound decisions to meet long-term goals, but collection and identification are only part of the process. Just as important is the ability to provide visual representations to transform…

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Using Social Media Data

April 30, 2013 by  //  Topics: Big Data, Blog, Predictive Modeling

Every minute, millions of pieces of social media data are generated around the world. In any given minute*: Instagram users share 3,600 photosBrands and organizations on Facebook receive 34,722 “likes”Twitter users send over 100,000 tweets With millions of people sharing…

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Rapid Insight at Ellucian Live

April 2, 2013 by  //  Topics: Admission and Enrollment, Blog

If you’re planning on attending Ellucian Live next week, we’d like to invite you to check out our session “Bringing Predictive Analytics In-House: A Case Study with Dickinson College”, co-presented by Michael Johnson, Director of Institutional Research at Dickinson College,…

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Dealing with Nulls in Veera Transform Formulas

January 22, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog

This next post comes from Jeff Fleischer, our Director of Client Operations, support wiz, and analyst extraordinaire: Working out the logic of a new variable you want to create with a TRANSFORM node can be challenging. But when missing data (“nulls”)…

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Defining Rapid Insight

January 8, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Laracy, President and CEO of Rapid Insight to ask him a few questions about analytics in higher education, predictive modeling, and Rapid Insight. I’ll be posting the interview as a…

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Thoughts from a Registrar

January 7, 2013 by  //  Topics: Blog

Dan Wilson, Registrar at Muskingum University, recently talked with us  about some of the reports he’s been working on, how he’s using Veera, and his upcoming webinar.  CG – What types of reports are usually on your plate? DW –…

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Customer Tips: Roundup Edition

December 31, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

Here are a few extra tips for a roundup edition of our Customer Tips series to get your new year off to a good start!     Sometimes it’s helpful in an analysis to recode variables, like recoding a binary variable…

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Rapid Insight’s Holiday Wishlist

December 19, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

As the holiday season is in full swing, we at Rapid Insight have taken the opportunity to put together a wishlist of things we’d like to see more of in the future. We’re envisioning a world where… …there are no…

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Thoughts from a Reporting Wiz

December 12, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Reporting

Scott Alessandro of the MIT Sloan School of Management is a lover of ad-hoc reporting and coffee ice cream.  In anticipation of his webinar on Friday, we asked him a few quick questions about his day-to-day analytic life.  CG –…

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Guide to Rapid Insight Resources

December 6, 2012 by  //  Topics: Analytics, Blog, User Conference, Veera

Networking:We have created several opportunities for networking with other Rapid Insight users, including a Rapid Insight LinkedIn customers-only group, and several more subject-specific subgroups. Rapid Insight LinkedIn Page Strategic Enrollment Management Network Fundraising and Advancement Network Institutional Research Network Webinars:Check…

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On Automated Mining

December 4, 2012 by  //  Topics: Analytics, Blog, Variables

One of the things I love the most about using statistical modeling software (especially Analytics) is that so much of the process is automated. Although automation has made the lives of statisticians much easier (calculating individual standard errors by hand…

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Subroutines (Customer Post by Tony Parandi)

November 7, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

Today’s blog entry comes from Tony Parandi, Assistant Director of Institutional Research at Indiana Wesleyan University:  One feature of Veera that I’ve found very helpful is the Subroutine node. This node allows you to feed the output of another job…

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Fundraising: The Science

October 5, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Fundraising, Variables

Now that we’ve discussed the art of fundraising, I think it’s only right that we focus a little bit on the science. After all, knowing which prospects are statistically most likely to give makes a gift officer’s contribution to the…

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Fundraising: The Art

September 12, 2012 by  //  Topics: Advancement, Blog, Fundraising
Fundraising: The Art

As much as my analytic brain would love to be able to classify the world into black and white binaries, sometimes this division is just not possible. Such is the case with fundraising. As important as prospect and donor research…

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Veera’s Been Updated!

August 30, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Veera

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the newest version of Veera, which was released this week. Updates include:1. The ability to change the order of the jobs and other tabsTo switch the order of jobs or other tabs…

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"Job Security"

August 3, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Veera

I think it’s a universally acknowledged fact that most people don’t back up their files as often as they should. That said, I recently learned how to back up my files in Veera, and it was painless. In fact, the…

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Updated Features in Veera 4.1

July 24, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Veera

The new and improved version 4.1 of Veera has quite a few updates. Here are 12 of the biggest changes you’ll see when you update your version: 1. Transforms can now be saved for future use. If you have a…

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The Forgotten Tabs: Means Analysis

July 20, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

Continuing with the Forgotten Tabs series, the next tab we’ll be focusing on is the Means Analysis tab. The Means Analysis tab provides the mean, number of observations, maximum values, and minimum values for any of the variables in your…

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User Conference Recap

July 2, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, User Conference

It’s been one week since our User Conference wrapped up, and we’re happy to say that we set a new attendance record with this one. Thank you to all who attended, and for those who were not able to attend,…

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Rapid Insight’s Summer Reading List

May 21, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

With June fast approaching, summer has been on our minds here at the Rapid Insight office. Since it’s a higher education tradition to assign summer reading material, we decided to compile our own summer reading list for our customers (and…

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UB Readers’ Choice Awards

May 7, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog

As you may know, University Business magazine is launching its first annual Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products award this year. This award will be given to 100 products used in higher education based on nominations from its readers. Winners will…

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Creating Variables: Out-of-state Flag

April 17, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Veera

Sometimes it’s good to see which of your students or donors are in-state because an in-state population may be more likely to enroll or be retained or give than an out-of-state population. Creating an out-of-state flag from a “state” variable…

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Creating Variables: Age

April 4, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, Variables, Veera

Hi all! Today I’d like to a cover a pretty universally predictive variable: age. Age can be created in relation to the date of a particular event (like an application date or a mailing date), or as a reflection of…

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User Conference or Bust!

March 22, 2012 by  //  Topics: Blog, User Conference

Great news, guys – only three more months until our 4th Annual Rapid Insight User Conference! Here’s what you need to know about this  inspiring, informative, and FREE event: The user conference will take place here in Conway, New Hampshire,…

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Veera: Email Address Corrector

January 16, 2011 by  //  Topics: Blog, Veera

Veera is an ideal solution for data processing, integration, and analysis, but it also can be a powerful platform for miscellaneous error-correction and markup utilities. It is possible to replace an entire fleet of data-scrubbing interns, laboring over lists for…

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Welcome to the Official Rapid Insight Blog

December 14, 2010 by  //  Topics: Blog, Uncategorized

Welcome to the official blog of Rapid Insight, Inc., developers of Veera and Analytics, two elegant software solutions for data manipulation and predictive modeling. Here you’ll find all manner of collected goodies, including company announcements and relevant news. We’ll post speed trials of…

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Swap ya!

December 16, 2009 by  //  Topics: Blog, Uncategorized

Didi and I appear to be participating in an impromptu worker exchange program. A little more than a month ago I was working for The Echo Group, a behavioral healthcare software producer and Rapid Insight partner company. My decision to…

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Breaking Free of SQL

November 6, 2009 by  //  Topics: Blog, Uncategorized

The coolest thing about my job is that I get to play around with all sorts of data from all kinds of different places. Sometimes, it’s clear as day how things work, and sometimes, well, not so much. Since I…

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