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Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

Workflows in Python: Getting data ready to build models

by Katie M.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to host a workshop at the Open Data Science Conference in San Francisco. During the workshop, I shared the process of rapid prototyping followed by iterating on the model I’ve built. When I’m building a machine learning model in scikit-learn, I usually don’t know exactly what my final model will look...

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Data Storytelling and Feature Creation

Data Storytelling and Feature Creation

by Civis Analytics

Employees at Civis have many interests; three at the top of the list are data, Chicago and biking to work. At the intersection of those three is the Divvy dataset, which details some of the rider information for the Chicago bicycle-sharing program. It is a fun dataset to play around with, even if it has a limited number of fields....

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Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

Our way of giving back for Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits, Ask America Anything!

by Ashley L.

In 2013, I was a disgruntled graduate student (is there any other kind?) fantasizing about leaving academia for the “real world” when I read this New York Times article about companies born out of the Obama campaign. One sentence, about Civis Analytics’ work with The College Board, stuck out to me– “Civis will identify ‘kids who are low-income, high-achieving but...

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Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

Lightning Talks at Civis Analytics

by Adrianna J.

One thing I love about working at Civis Analytics is that we have a fantastic learning culture. We share our technical knowledge within our teams on Hipchat, host brown bag presentations and even have a weekly Journal Club where we discuss academic papers. I wanted to expand that learning culture even more to teach and inspire others by showing what...

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Civis Analytics & The Practical Innovator: A look back at how we’ve strategically grown

Civis Analytics & The Practical Innovator: A look back at how we’ve strategically grown

by Chris G.

Last month, I had the privilege of attending The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education program hosted at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. I was generously invited by virtue of our company’s selection as a Top 100 Finalist for the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards, for which Civis Analytics had advanced out of more than 500 nominees. The Practical Innovator featured...

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On the (Technical) Google Hangout

On the (Technical) Google Hangout

by Jeff C.

A year ago, we blogged about Interview Tips, providing a high-level FAQ about interviewing at Civis Analytics. Today we’d like to talk about a specific stage in our interview process: the Hangout Interview. At Civis Analytics, our engineering interview process is divided into three stages: a preliminary phone interview, a technical assessment, and the on-site. This is not to say...

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Data Best Practices for Nonprofit Leaders

Data Best Practices for Nonprofit Leaders

by Ola T.

Since joining Civis Analytics this year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with different organizations through our nonprofit practice area. Civis’s commitment to doing work that has a positive social impact””including our significant involvement with nonprofits like the Gates Foundation, Enroll America, and the American Red Cross””was one of the reasons I chose to work here. We often find that...

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Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

Finding your fellow ‘weirdos’

by Civis Analytics

Recently, I was invited to give the alumni address to the graduating cohort of the Startup Institute Chicago (yes, that’s a large image of me on their site). Startup Institute is an immersive eight-week bootcamp I attended before joining Civis Analytics that helped me further develop some of the technical product design skills I had built in grad school and...

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