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CivisML: Scikit-Learn at Scale

CivisML: Scikit-Learn at Scale

by Stephen Hoover

Late last year, my colleagues on the Social Science team were working on a new survey weighting scheme that would greatly improve the precision of our public opinion data. To make it work, they needed to fit dozens of models for each completed survey. Each survey asks multiple questions, each of which would need to be modeled individually, using an...

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How We Fine Tuned Lyric Opera’s Marketing Efforts

How We Fine Tuned Lyric Opera’s Marketing Efforts

by Scarlett Swerdlow

Like many nonprofits in the arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago faces the familiar challenges of aging audiences, technological disruptions, and changes in cultural consumption. In response, Lyric Opera, one of the leading opera companies in the United States, has innovated in its programming and marketing. Lyric intensified their online presence, creating a new state of the art website and investing...

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From a Mattress to a Standing Desk: Announcing our $22M Series A led by Drive Capital

From a Mattress to a Standing Desk: Announcing our $22M Series A led by Drive Capital

by Dan Wagner

This week, Civis Analytics is announcing the close of our Series A investment. All in we raised $22M, led by Drive Capital — a Midwestern-focused venture capital firm — with participation from Verizon Ventures, WPP, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet. It’s a great round with a great set of partners, but you’ve probably read a lot of press...

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Hey, Nonprofits: Win a Chance to Ask America Anything

Hey, Nonprofits: Win a Chance to Ask America Anything

by Ashley Lagaron

Here at Civis Analytics, we have so much to be thankful for. In particular, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with nonprofits — that’s why I’m excited to announce that starting this Giving Tuesday, we’re accepting entries to the second-annual Ask America Anything contest. We’re giving away two questions on our weekly survey of Americans, as well as an...

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Putting the Power of Campaign Targeting in Your Hands: VoteWithMe

Putting the Power of Campaign Targeting in Your Hands: VoteWithMe

by David Shor

A few weeks ago, I was canvassing in New Hampshire to knock on the doors of strangers and ask them to make a plan to vote. See – I’m a data scientist, and I don’t know what you know about data scientists, but we’re not the most extroverted creatures. That’s when I had the idea, “How much more effective would...

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