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Strata 2016: Docker for Data Scientists

Strata 2016: Docker for Data Scientists

by Civis Analytics

In March, I got the chance to speak at O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop World 2016 about how we use Docker to power our data science work at Civis. Now that we have the video of the talk, we thought this would be a great time to share it. As data scientists, we inhabit an ever-changing landscape of languages, packages, and frameworks. Given...

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It was #AlwaysTrump

It was #AlwaysTrump

by Nick A.

Tuesday night all but officially certified Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president. While Cruz and Kasich’s announcements were surprising to many (including us), they confirm what the data has been telling us since we started polling on the Republican primary in August of last year: Donald Trump was always going to be the nominee. The time-series above shows...

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Bringing Data Science to Government

Bringing Data Science to Government

by Amy D.

I recently joined the team at Civis Analytics as our Director of Government Analytics and I’m excited to bring my background in information technology, analytics, and city planning to help government organizations become more data-driven. For the past ten years, I’ve been implementing large data analytics projects to improve the performance of programs at Federal government clients and I’m looking...

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Ask America Anything Results: How the US Feels about Gun Control & Domestic Violence

Ask America Anything Results: How the US Feels about Gun Control & Domestic Violence

by Ola T.

In December, we invited nonprofits to Ask America Anything by giving away two questions on our weekly national representative survey of 2,500 Americans. While we received many excellent submissions from great organizations, making it difficult to choose our winner, Civis Analytics selected the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) as our contest winner. The Hotline wanted to gauge public opinion...

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Q&A with Brian Reich of The Hive on using data to engage individuals on the refugee crisis, beyond donations

Q&A with Brian Reich of The Hive on using data to engage individuals on the refugee crisis, beyond donations

by Kelly K.

Coming out of college, I was lucky to have the opportunity to work on the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. After we worked to re-elect our President, I honestly didn’t know how to follow that in my career. I wanted to keep using my background in mathematics to work for social good, but wasn’t sure what to do. Before I even...

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Grace Hopper Celebration Impact Report

Grace Hopper Celebration Impact Report

by Scarlett S.

As a woman in tech, I was psyched to join my colleagues Katie Malone, Jenna Colazzi, Emily Stephens, Kate Pham, and April Chen at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s leading gathering of women technologists hosted every year by the Anita Borg Institute. The conference included talks by the likes of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, robotics expert Professor...

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Before you Ask America Anything, make sure you ask the right questions

Before you Ask America Anything, make sure you ask the right questions

by David Martin

We’re proud of the many great organizations we get to work with, such as our Ask American Anything work with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline). As a member of Civis’s Survey Research team, I’m also proud of our commitment to best-in-class public opinion research, supported by rigorous scientific research. In addition to the data science work we do...

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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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