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  • Data Preparation Roadblocks - & How to Overcome Them

    Friday, July 15, 2016 - 10:00
    Join us for this exclusive joint webinar with Pentaho, and learn the do's and don'ts of overcoming data prep roadblocks [more]
  • My Stock Market Index Dashboard with R, Plotly, and the Plotly Cloud

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 16:15
    It’s been difficult for me to ponder my 2016 stock index dashboard this past week. [more]
  • Inquidia Consulting Releases Pentaho Data Integration Component For Snowflake Computing’s Data Warehouse and Analytic Engine

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 04:00
    Inquidia’s new data integration component streamlines deployment of Snowflake’s unique cloud data warehouse and analytic engine with Pentaho’s visual data integration platform. [more]
  • Reviewing the Book "Tools for Smart Thinking"

    Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 08:30
    “The logic of science is the logic of business and life” -- quote from philosopher John Stuart Mill -- is the opening salvo of Richard Nisbett's new book, "Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking" Alas, the human species is generally not very “logic of science” friendly, hence the motivation for professor Nisbett's approachable tome to advance a clear-thinking, evidence-responsive populace. Mindware isn't the first social science book to address human weaknesses in scientific thinking. Indeed, in... [more]
  • Pentaho Data Integration Best Practices: Lookup Most Recent Record

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:00
    What are the best practice options for looking up the “most recent record” in Pentaho? [more]
  • Pentaho Data Integration Best Practices: Key-based, Single Record Lookup

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 09:00
    What's the best method to use for key-based lookups in Pentaho? Check this out. [more]
  • Pentaho Data Integration Best Practices: Lookup Optimization

    Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 09:00
    A common issue we find in processes created by novice users is either the misuse or inefficient configuration of these data lookup steps. [more]
  • Making a Return Visit to Macro-Econometrics

    Friday, June 3, 2016 - 12:45
    Every once in a while, my Facebook meanderings lead me to a fruitful analytics destination. And so it was last week when I stumbled across an interesting article: “ Improving the Teaching of Econometrics ”, by university professors David Hendry and Grayham Mizon. It's been quite a while since I studied econometrics, but as I've glanced at leading texts over the years, I've been struck by how similar the field remains to the one I... [more]
  • New Jobs Analysis with Python: Which Party Created Jobs?

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 10:15
    The presidential race is heating up as primaries come to an end. And if it’s Trump vs Clinton, there’ll be no shortage of strong opinion among the electorate as to which offers the best policies for economics, defense, energy, health care, etc. Last year I posted a series of blogs on Dataversity pertaining to the “economic” performance of presidents over the last seventy years. Part of my motivation was to have fun with my “red”... [more]
  • Using R, ggplot2, Plotly, and the Plotly Cloud for Analytical Applications

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:15
    In this visualization, Steve Miller from Inquidia Consulting monitors performance of the stock market in 2016 using daily index data available from Russell. The graphs track the current value of an initial $1 investment starting end of day December 31, 2015. Eighteen separate portfolios dimensioned by company size and a growth-value continuum are shown. The challenge is to provide an interpretable dashboard that includes all 18 traces in a way that can easily be compared... [more]


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