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SciPy 2015: Building Civis’s predictive modeling with Python

SciPy 2015: Building Civis’s predictive modeling with Python

by Stephen H.

At the beginning of July, I traveled to Austin for SciPy 2015, the annual conference dedicated to scientific computing in Python. Python is a powerful, easy-to-use programming language which has become very popular in the data science community. I was at the conference because the data science department at Civis Analytics uses Python to write all of the predictive modeling...

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Meet Civis: Some of our Favorite Features of the Data Science Platform

Meet Civis: Some of our Favorite Features of the Data Science Platform

by Civis Analytics

Earlier this summer, [we announced]({% post_url 2015-06-30-Bigger-Cheaper-Faster-Data-in-the-Cloud %}) Civis — the data science platform. Our end-to-end, ready-to-use data science platform in the cloud enables organizations to make data-driven decisions. It’s what we use for our work, and we’re excited for it to be available for all organizations to use the platform with their data. Many of you have been working...

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The Healthcare Discussion on Twitter after the ACA Decision: Are we back to Square One?

The Healthcare Discussion on Twitter after the ACA Decision: Are we back to Square One?

by Keith I.

Here at Civis, we’re very interested in studying how events shape public opinion. Survey research is one great way to track public discourse, but ambient data from social media provides an excellent look at the organic conversation around an issue or event. We’ve been using Twitter to track US discussion on access to healthcare for months now, and the overall...

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The Medicaid Counterfactual: How we ran the simulation

The Medicaid Counterfactual: How we ran the simulation

by Civis Analytics

Last week, after the first article about our work on predicting the uninsured went out the Upshot posed an interesting question to Civis and Enroll: could we run a simulation wherein all states expanded Medicaid? To understand how we did this, it helps to take a step back to understand a bit about our methodology. We interviewed thousands of people...

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A Tale of Two Recruiters

by Civis Analytics

Last Wednesday, Annie and I headed up to Carnegie Mellon University (my alma mater! Go Tartans!) for the Spark Start-Up Career Fair to find the next batch of Cives. Because we have a tendency to (over)analyze any data we can find, here are some interesting facts about our trip. According to CMU’s Career and Professional Development Center, 400 students registered...

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A Menagerie of Tattoos

A Menagerie of Tattoos

by Civis Analytics

When it comes to tattoos, Florida’s male inmates are five times more likely to get a dog tattoo than their female counterparts. Female inmates prefer cats two to one over men. I know this because one of the great things about working for Civis is finding and working with interesting datasets and a favorite of mine has been from the...

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Why We Love Models

Why We Love Models

by Civis Analytics

Here at Civis, we love models. But not the ones that wear swimsuits or walk down runways: the kind of curves we care about are mathematical representations of human behavior, and we employ models to predict everything from political beliefs to consumer preferences. Why Model? Imagine that it’s your friend’s birthday, but you don’t know what present to buy for...

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Piaggio: The Accurate Way to a Story Worth Telling

by Civis Analytics

Piaggio’s Question: What combination of attributes in our ads will positively impact the perception of our brand? Our survey design helped the scooter-maker identify the right ads for distinct consumers. Summary Challenge Piaggio, the makers of Moto Guzzi and Vespa, needed to identify the best online ad but testing Piaggio’s desired combinations using traditional A/B testing was too difficult. What...

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