February 2016 | Civis Analytics

Month February 2016

The Endless Hackweek

The Endless Hackweek

by Trevor A.

Last year, all fired up from an Eric Ries talk, I pitched Gabriel Burt on a radical idea. “What if we had hackweek every week?” The results have been exciting: we’ve produced internal tools that we use every day, released new features that went right into production, contributed new code to the open-source community, squashed of some of Tech’s least...

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Foreign policy, guns, celebrities, and reality TV: an analysis of Republican Twitter follower interests

Foreign policy, guns, celebrities, and reality TV: an analysis of Republican Twitter follower interests

by Michael H.

This post was co-authored with Keith Ingersoll and Jesse Stinebring, along with support from Macromeasures. We’re always curious about how new platforms change people’s political expression, and, of course, whether we can develop new instruments to measure these opinions. On social media platforms, users aren’t anchored to a distinct, real identity we can match back to a voter file, which...

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Viewing the US Presidential Primary Through the Lens of Twitter

Viewing the US Presidential Primary Through the Lens of Twitter

by Civis Analytics

Some of our work on social media analytics was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, and it gives us a great opportunity to talk about some of the methods we use for making sense of the Twitter firehose. Civis Analytics takes a different approach from many companies in that we have a general methodology for imposing interpretable structure...

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Did the Super Bowl 50 ads work? Data science provides an answer.

Did the Super Bowl 50 ads work? Data science provides an answer.

by Civis Analytics

Advertising during the Super Bowl is a huge investment. Brands spend upwards of $5 million on a 30-second spot because it’s the biggest TV advertising platform of the year. It’s an opportunity to reach over 100 million viewers with messages about brands, products and services – but what kind of return on investment (ROI) do these ads generate? How can...

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Open Source at Civis Analytics

Open Source at Civis Analytics

by Civis Analytics

Here at Civis Analytics, we love open source. We use Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, Docker, and Go (to name a few projects), and we’re happy to contribute back to the community and release our own open source projects. We’re pleased to announce our new open source page where we will publish our open source projects and list our policies. We...

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RubyAudit: Tirelessly auditing Ruby and RubyGems so you don’t have to

RubyAudit: Tirelessly auditing Ruby and RubyGems so you don’t have to

by Jeff C.

Security is hard. You’re busy writing code, but you also want to keep your application secure, so you’re doing double-duty developing new features and keeping an eye on vulnerabilities. You follow Hacker News and Reddit, but you know any good security strategy revolves around defense in depth, and you’re looking to add additional, automated tiers to help keep an eye...

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