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Bigger, Cheaper, Faster Data in the Cloud

Bigger, Cheaper, Faster Data in the Cloud

by Civis Analytics

We’ve had a great week here at Civis. Since Monday, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary, made a splash at Technori, spoke at the Amazon Web Services summit, and launched the new Civis platform, an easy-to-use, end-to-end, powerful and customizable, data science platform in the Amazon cloud. The New York Times had this to say about our launch: “The kind of...

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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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Civis Analytics and AWS

Civis Analytics and AWS

by Civis Analytics

Data sets are growing rapidly. But in spite of this abundance of data, most organizations are still struggling to leverage all of it to understand their customers, figure out new markets, build their operations, and more. Data is the key to making these decisions effectively, but that data is buried deep in dozens of unconnected systems. There’s too much latency...

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Partnering with Discovery

Partnering with Discovery

by Peter B.

We are so happy to announce our partnership with Discovery Communications today. We’ll explore how the work Civis does can integrate in to Discovery’s global portfolio of television networks. Our teams are joining forces at a time when data and new technology continue to change the way viewers consume content. Together, we will interpret more accurately rapidly-evolving viewership patterns and...

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Civis or the Academy?

Civis or the Academy?

by Stephen H.

People at Civis come from a variety of backgrounds, and several of us left academia to work here. Myself, I earned a PhD in physics from UCLA, then spent four years doing cutting-edge cosmology research at the University of Chicago before coming to work with Civis. I still love physics, but coming to work at Civis was definitely the right...

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On building stuff at AWS re:Invent 2014

On building stuff at AWS re:Invent 2014

by Civis Analytics

Our founder, Dan Wagner, was recently featured at AWS re:Invent in a Founders Fireside Chat with Amazon CTO, Dr. Werner Vogels. Watch the full video, or read an excerpt below: Werner Vogels: “So do you actually build stuff?” Dan Wagner: “We do!” Werner Vogels: “So tell us the kinds of things that you build?” Dan Wagner: “We left the campaign...

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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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Obamacare: Who Was Helped Most

Obamacare: Who Was Helped Most

by Civis Analytics

“Now a large set of data “” from Enroll America, the group trying to sign up people for the program, and from the data firm Civis Analytics “” is allowing a much clearer picture. The data shows that the law has done something rather unusual in the American economy this century: It has pushed back against inequality, essentially redistributing income...

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A Formula to Find the Uninsured Around the Country

by Civis Analytics

Enroll America is an organization with a big job: to find the uninsured around the country and persuade them to sign up for health insurance. It needs a good way to find them. The organization realized early that it would need a detailed picture of just who was uninsured int he country and where they lived. [Enroll America] partnered with...

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