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Set it and Forget it: The Case for Automated Reporting

During my time at Rapid Insight, I’ve found that regardless of the business, school, or non-profit we’re working with, reporting is a necessity. Anyone who has built a report knows that pulling data from an original source, cleaning it up, and transforming it into...

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Using Social Media Data

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

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Five Steps for Data-Driven Strategic Enrollment Management

Establish your goals This first step is crucial for mapping out a course to your end goal. Try to envision where you’d like to end up and formulate a specific goal to help get you there. Possible goals include: Reduce your prospect mailing budget Increase accuracy of...

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Infographic: How One Small School Improved Student Retention

Here's how Paul Smith's College in upstate New York went about improving student retention: Paul Smiths College and Student Retention | Create infographics     -Caitlin Garrett, Statistical Analyst at Rapid Insight We'd love to hear about your strategies for tackling...

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Rapid Insight at Ellucian Live

  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...

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Customer Webinar: Predictive Modeling for SEM

Our next customer webinar, "Strategic Enrollment Management: St. Michael's College and Predictive Analytics" will be given by Bill Anderson, CIO of Saint Michael's College today at 2pm EDT and will be re-broadcasted on Tuesday, March 26th, and Thursday, May 2nd. I got...

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Rapid Insight’s 5th Annual User Conference

  Let the countdown to the 5th annual Rapid Insight User Conference begin! Here’s what you need to know about this fun and informative event:  We are making one big change this year: we’ve outgrown our space here in NH and are hosting the conference on the campus of...

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Six Predictive Modeling Mistakes

As we mentioned in our post on Data Preparation Mistakes, we've built many predictive models in the Rapid Insight office. During the predictive modeling process, there are many places where it's easy to make mistakes. Luckily, we've compiled a few here so you can...

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Facebook’s Graph Search and Prospect Research

“Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. The main way we do this is by giving people the tools to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about. We call this map the graph. It’s big and constantly expanding with new...

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Four Years of Predictive Modeling and Lessons Learned

I recently got the chance to talk with Dr. Michael Johnson, Director of Institutional Research at Dickinson College, about his experiences with predictive modeling over the past four years. Dr. Johnson will be presenting a free webinar, "Four Years of Predictive...

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Dealing with Nulls in Veera Transform Formulas

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") get into the mix,...

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How to Interpret a Decile Analysis

After building a predictive model, there are several ways to determine how well the model is describing your data. One visual way to get an idea of how well a model is fitting your data is by taking a look at the decile analysis. Here we’ll take a look at what the...

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