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Civis Data Science R&D Bookshelf

by Michael H.

This post is part of a new series from the Data Science R&D department at Civis Analytics. In this series, a Civis data scientist will share some links to interesting software tools, blog posts, scientific articles, and other things that he or she has read about recently, along with a little commentary about why these things are worth checking out....

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From Science to Production: Unleash your Jupyter Notebooks

From Science to Production: Unleash your Jupyter Notebooks

by Lori E.

Data scientists are explorers. They use Jupyter Notebooks, one of the most popular environments for data science analysis, to begin work toward creative solutions to big problems. But once those solutions are discovered…what’s the next step? In order for data scientists to make a major impact, the creativity that starts in notebooks needs to find its way out to the...

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Civis Healthcare: The Rx For Healthcare Analytics

by Crystal S.

At Civis, we often find that a solution we’ve created for one industry can be adapted to solve a similar problem in another because foundationally, the data and statistical problems are drastically similar, even if the clients themselves are as different as night and day. From the outside, our data scientists can be considered generalists in that they may be...

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Leading with Data: Civis and the National Technical Information Service

Leading with Data: Civis and the National Technical Information Service

by Mary L.

For the past two years and up until a few months ago I was part of a unique White House initiative that paired the country’s top technologists with its brightest civil servants, on a joint effort to improve the usability and reliability of Federal government’s critical public services. This illuminating experience gave me visibility across multiple Federal agencies into the...

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‘Uninsured:’ How One Word Can Bias Your Survey Results

by Kayla B.

Words matter—especially words in survey questions. They can make the difference between getting good data, bad data, and mystery data. Exhibit A: the word “uninsured.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Americans secure health insurance. But a recent NPR poll asked about the law’s effect on the total number of Americans who have health insurance, and about...

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Who Do Consumers Really Think Should Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Data Science Has the Answer

by Civis Analytics

With Oscar night fast approaching on Sunday, the question on the minds of movies fans is which of the nine nominated movies will walk away with the Best Picture award. As data scientists, we relish opportunities to test new ways to predict the outcomes of big events like the Academy Awards. Conventional wisdom, which is largely based on the results...

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A Deeper Dive into our Super Bowl Analysis: Did the Messages Score with the Viewers?

by Charlotte S.

Last week, we released our Super Bowl advertisement findings on brand impact and awareness, using Civis Research, for three brands: Buick, TurboTax and Wix. Our research showed that established brands can build buzz and interest, while up-and-coming brands can swell their awareness. All in all, good news for Super Bowl advertisers. While we found that advertising during the Super Bowl...

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Most Americans Support Paid Family & Medical Leave

Most Americans Support Paid Family & Medical Leave

by Ashley L.

Here’s a hypothetical no-win situation to consider before you read any further: Choosing between your job and your family. You can go to work and keep your paycheck, or stay home to take care of a sick loved one and lose it. Every year, for many American workers, this scary hypothetical becomes an even scarier reality. Now, here’s a realistic dollar...

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