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Numbers and Words: Presenting Data in Understandable Ways

Math is fun. Think about all of the classic dad jokes math has made possible. For instance, why do teenagers travel in groups of 3 or 5? Because they can’t even. But I know not everyone has the same perspective that I do when it comes to data. This means we need to think about how we present data to others in our organization

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Supporting Women in Data Science

Guest blog post by Senior Data Scientist, Caitlin Hudon.

At 22, I joined Rapid Insight as the company’s first statistical analyst. As my first job out of college, helping others to build predictive models was a bit nerve-wracking, but my boss was very supportive and I was able to build my modeling skills by training directly with the CEO, which was a rare and valuable opportunity.

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Data Democratization: Exploring the Possibilities

The buzz-phrase “Data Democratization” came to the forefront for us here at Rapid Insight when recently we led a round-table discussion at an annual conference. Seeing the response to that discussion, I ran the phrase by some customers, some colleagues, and some connections I’ve made to get their reactions too. I received a wide variety of responses. I’m more convinced now than I was at the start- data democratization is worth some thought, wherever you sit in the data-usage spectrum.

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Recap of the #RapidInsight2018 Conference

As we all adjust back to regular office life after the amazing 2018 Rapid Insight User Conference in Portland, Maine, we want to continue to celebrate how much a coming together like that means to our company. It was an inspiration to see the positive energy coming from everyone!

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2018 AIR Forum

At the AIR Forum in Orlando, I led a facilitated discussion on the meaning of the term “democratized data”. Here are some of the insights I gained and also a chance for you to weigh in on the discussion. My goal is to get more people thinking about this, since it’s really the most important aspect of data-work. Watched pots never boil, and uncommunicated data never leads to change! Let us know what you envision when you hear “democratized data”, regardless of your background and experience working with data.

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Black Swan Events and the Importance of being Data-Driven in Higher Ed

The consequences of black swan events are troublesome for analysts because the events themselves are extremely difficult to predict, they cause ripple effects elsewhere in a system, and they leave a legacy that must be accounted for when future observations are made of those systems. Since these events, by their definition, lie outside the realm of regular expectations, it’s not only difficult to gauge their likelihood of occurrence, but it’s also difficult to quantify the size and scope of the impact across the system.

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Dogs and Data

If you follow us on Twitter you know that we at Rapid Insight love two things; Data and Dogs. I adopted my lab shepherd mix, Rogue, back in 2008 and we have been together since. It was love at first sight and we bonded maybe a little more than I had hoped for. Her separation anxiety was a problem from the get go, to the point where I once received a phone call from a roommate telling me

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Creating a Data-Enabled Campus

May is a busy season on any college campus. Last week, I experienced this firsthand as I helped my son move back home after he finished his freshman year. Cars were scattered around the campus as two semesters of belongings were loaded in, students were saying their goodbyes and commencement-related activities had begun. The first year was a really positive experience for my son and he’s already looking forward to sophomore year.

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Be Your Own Business Consultant: Analytics Solutions for SMEs

Understanding the relationships between your business outcomes and the data points that result in those outcomes can be the difference between those who are succeeding in their marketplace and those who are struggling. As it turns out, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the fastest adopters of business intelligence (BI) solutions – three times more than large businesses

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E-Live 2018

Last week, Rapid Insight team members attended #ELIVE18 in sunny San Diego.  We were greeted with a keynote address from Dr. Jill Biden and Malala Yousafzi, enlightened by collaborative sessions, visited by attendees from all walks of the higher education industry and kissed by the sun, a pleasant change from snowy New England in our opinion!

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The Buzz About Bridge

A diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skillsets are attributes that help any organization to succeed, regardless of industry. The same is true of data. One conflict between those two truths, is that, not everyone in an organization feels equally comfortable working with data nor do they have the background required to do so. That is exactly why we’re all so excited to introduce Veera Bridge

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