December 2015 | Civis Analytics

Month December 2015

The Republican Primary So Far, in One GIF

The Republican Primary So Far, in One GIF

by Nick A.

Today, the New York Times featured some of our polling data and proprietary algorithm results and their implications for the Republican primary race ““ a mostly under-the-hood look at Donald Trump’s coalition. We wanted to give a bit of a different look at the same data at a local level, showing how support for the Republican candidates has changed over...

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Workflows in Python: Curating Features and Thinking Scientifically about Algorithms

Workflows in Python: Curating Features and Thinking Scientifically about Algorithms

by Katie M.

This is the second post in a series about end-to-end data analysis in Python using scikit-learn Pipeline and GridSearchCV. In the first post, I got my data formatted for machine learning by encoding string features as integers, and then used the data to build several different models. I got things running really fast, which is great, but at the cost...

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Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

by Katie M.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to host a workshop at the Open Data Science Conference in San Francisco. During the workshop, I shared the process of rapid prototyping followed by iterating on the model I’ve built. When I’m building a machine learning model in scikit-learn, I usually don’t know exactly what my final model will look...

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Data Storytelling and Feature Creation

Data Storytelling and Feature Creation

by Civis Analytics

Employees at Civis have many interests; three at the top of the list are data, Chicago and biking to work. At the intersection of those three is the Divvy dataset, which details some of the rider information for the Chicago bicycle-sharing program. It is a fun dataset to play around with, even if it has a limited number of fields....

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Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

by Ashley L.

In 2013, I was a disgruntled graduate student (is there any other kind?) fantasizing about leaving academia for the “real world” when I read this New York Times article about companies born out of the Obama campaign. One sentence, about Civis Analytics’ work with The College Board, stuck out to me– “Civis will identify ‘kids who are low-income, high-achieving but...

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