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The 37 best tools for data visualization

The 37 best tools for data visualization

Creating charts and info graphics can be time-consuming. But these tools make it easier. It’s often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it’s traded. As consumers, we’re positively swimming in data; it’s everywhere from labels on food packaging design to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it... »

Investigating Data Scientists, their Skills and Team Makeup

Investigating Data Scientists, their Skills and Team Makeup

A new survey of 490 data professionals from small to large companies, conducted by AnalyticsWeek in partnership with Business Over Broadway, provides a look into the field of data science. Download the free Executive Summary of the report, Optimizing your Data Science Teams. Our world of Big Data requires that businesses, to outpace their competitors, optimize the use of their data. Understanding ... »

Big Data Insights in Healthcare, Part I. Great Ideas Transcend Time

Big Data Insights in Healthcare, Part I. Great Ideas Transcend Time

Early adopters of technology are afforded many benefits, but they also run the risk of encountering many consequences. Seeing opportunity where others see risk, visionaries are able to adopt and adapt new technologies to their business to gain a competitive advantage. This process isn’t anything new; it has been occurring throughout time. Abraham Lincoln, a visionary of extraordinary proportions, ... »

Assess Your Data Science Expertise

Assess Your Data Science Expertise

What kind of a data scientist are you? Take the free Data Skills Scoring System Survey at http://pxl.me/awrds3 Companies rely on experts who can make sense of their data. Often referred to as data scientists, these people bring their specific skills to bear in helping extract insight from the data. These skills include such things as Hacking, Math & Statistics and Substantive Expertise. In an ... »

Review of Autoencoders (Deep Learning)

Review of Autoencoders (Deep Learning)

An auto-encoder, autoassociator or Diabolo network is an artificial neural network used for learning efficient codings. The aim of an auto-encoder is to learn a compressed, distributed representation (encoding) for a set of data, typically for the purpose of dimensionality reduction. Architecturally, the simplest form of the auto-encoder is a feedforward, non-recurrent neural net that is very simi... »

One Word Can Speak Volumes About Your Company Culture

One Word Can Speak Volumes About Your Company Culture

Employee surveys are used to help manage the employee relationship. The questions in the employee survey are used to elicit employee responses that will be used to better understand how to improve that relationship. I crafted a new employee survey question that combines the best of both structured and unstructured measurement approaches. This approach provides both qualitative and quantitative inf... »

Why Is Big Data Is So Big In Health Care?

Why Is Big Data Is So Big In Health Care?

Far and away, the industry that pops up the most in discussions of big data is health care. It’s not surprising, if you think about it. Lots of disparate sources of data, much of it unstructured. An industry dying to become more cost-effective – or, at least, less wasteful. And an onslaught of new devices designed to automate the process of collecting data, on order to keep professionals from havi... »

The Supply And Demand Of Data Scientists: What The Surveys Say

The Supply And Demand Of Data Scientists: What The Surveys Say

The results of two surveys about data scientists were released this week, covering both the supply and demand sides of this hot new profession, “the sexiest job of the 21st Century.” On the demand side—the challenges of recruiting, training, and integrating data scientists—we have the MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS fifth annual survey of 2,719 business executives, managers and analytics profe... »

Four Ways Big Data Can Improve Customer Surveys

Four Ways Big Data Can Improve Customer Surveys

Customer surveys remain the primary source of customer feedback for many companies, despite the growth in adoption of other customer feedback sources like social media, call center conversations and emails. Customer surveys typically contain structured questions, asking customers to rate their level of satisfaction with their experience. Two popular customer surveys are relationship and transactio... »

The Strategic and Tactical Roles of Customer Surveys

Customer experience (CX) improvement efforts rely heavily on the use of customer feedback. While there are many different methods of collecting this feedback, customer surveys remain a popular choice among CX professionals. In this post, I will discuss how senior executives can use relationship and transactional surveys to get the information they need to make better strategic and tactical decisio... »

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