“What happens when a bunch of data scientists throw a birthday party? There are drinks, food and music “” and a science fair.
Civis Analytics, a company formed by many of the data scientists from Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, celebrated its one-year anniversary in style last night by hosting a science fair and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at its West Loop offices.
The experiments ranged from whimsical to insightful. One group came up with a way to calculate pi by using lentils, a circle, a square, a smartphone and a little code. Another project tracked the relative health-risk profile of populations by ZIP code, and another showed what people do most often after buying coffee at particular coffee shops.”