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How Forecasting Revolutionized Election Resource Allocation

by Jesse S.

How can we predict voter outcome to help manage our outreach resources? We used our Golden program to perform 60,000 daily simulations to remove polling biases and keep us as accurate as possible during the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. Summary Challenge Campaign decision makers work in a data rich environment. Internal metrics, consultant pollsters, and public polling inundate campaigns, but...

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Interview Tips

by Brian G.

We are a community of engineers, data scientists, and statisticians, and are looking to add to our growing team. We are smart, fun, and a little bit weird. If this sounds like you and you’ve already submitted an application, here are some tips for next steps in our process. I submitted my application! Now what? Wonderful! Our hiring leads review...

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Civis Wins the Moxie Awards’ Best New Startup

Civis Wins the Moxie Awards’ Best New Startup

by Civis Analytics

This past June, we were thrilled to be awarded Best New Startup at the third annual Moxie Awards. Our data scientists and software developers were honored to take home the statue. The Moxies celebrate Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs and are presented each year by Built in Chicago. According to Built in Chicago founder Matt Moog, an incredible 175 new...

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Celebrating our First Anniversary with a Science Fair

Celebrating our First Anniversary with a Science Fair

by Miriam C.

This May Civis Analytics celebrated its first birthday! In honor of our raison d’etre—data science—we celebrated by having a grand science fair. Clad in Civis lab coats, staffers led various booths showcasing their analytic prowess in relatable terms. Senior Data Scientist, Derrick Higgins, asked participants to compete against a computer in predicting words from politicians’ speeches. Here Data Scientist Paul...

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Obama’s Data Gurus Find Life Outside the Beltway

Obama’s Data Gurus Find Life Outside the Beltway

by Civis Analytics

“A celebration was underway Thursday night on the seventh floor of a lofted office in Chicago’s West Loop. Civis Analytics, the firm founded by Dan Wagner, the former chief analytics officer of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, was marking (and marketing) its first birthday with the theme of a data “science fair.” That meant, among other things: DJ’s wearing lab...

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Ex-Obama Techies Celebrate Birthday with Science Fair

Ex-Obama Techies Celebrate Birthday with Science Fair

by Civis Analytics

“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...

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How President Obama’s Campaign Used Big Data to Rally Individual Voters

How President Obama’s Campaign Used Big Data to Rally Individual Voters

by Civis Analytics

“Two years after Barack Obama’s election as president, Democrats suffered their worst defeat in decades. The congressional majorities that had given Obama his legislative successes, reforming the health-insurance and financial markets, were swept away in the midterm elections; control of the House flipped and the Democrats’ lead in the Senate shrank to an ungovernably slim margin. Pundits struggled to explain...

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