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  • Civis Celebrates Pride (with data, of course!)

    Civis Celebrates Pride (with data, of course!)

    In honor of Pride Month and celebrations across the country, we thought it would be fun to find out how Americans feel about some current LGBT topics and issues. From Pride participation to...

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  • HackWeek Adventures: How we built our own library app

    HackWeek Adventures: How we built our own library app

    One of the many things I love about working at Civis is that there are so many opportunities from which to learn and grow. We not only love to learn, we also love to share what we know with the...

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  • All The Models: An Intro To Solving Sticky Data Science Problems Quickly with CivisML

    All The Models: An Intro To Solving Sticky Data Science Problems Quickly with CivisML

    We recently released CivisML, our machine learning service in Civis Platform. With it, I can run all the models I’m accustomed to working with, and scale them — off my machine. To get you started,...

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  • Show, don’t tell: Announcing the Civis Platform free trial

    Show, don’t tell: Announcing the Civis Platform free trial

    In the wee hours of an October morning, I rested my forehead on my desk. The data in the database wasn’t matching the data in the CRM. There were duplicates in the list of targets. My laptop was...

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  • CivisML: Scikit-Learn at Scale

    CivisML: Scikit-Learn at Scale

    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...

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  • Designing for Data Scientists: Recognition over Recall

    Designing for Data Scientists: Recognition over Recall

    As a UI/UX designer at Civis Analytics, I’m sitting pretty. Literally, I sit 10 ft away from 40 applied data scientists that use Civis Platform for their work – a scenario most product teams dream...

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  • Civis Explore: The Science Behind our Insights

    Civis Explore: The Science Behind our Insights

    While I might not be a data scientist, a majority of my colleagues are. I’m a product manager, and it’s my job to make sure the work our data scientists develop makes its way into the products our...

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  • Leading with Data: Civis and the National Technical Information Service

    Leading with Data: Civis and the National Technical Information Service

    For the past two years and up until a few months ago I was part of a unique White House initiative that paired the country’s top technologists with its brightest civil servants, on a joint effort...

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  • Tips and Lessons Learned from Upgrading Ruby on Rails

    Tips and Lessons Learned from Upgrading Ruby on Rails

    In a recent post, I shared a how-to guide on upgrading Ruby on Rails based on my team’s experience in doing so for the Civis Platform. In this post, I’ll share some of the tips and lessons learned...

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  • How We Upgraded Ruby on Rails and Lived to Tell the Tale

    How We Upgraded Ruby on Rails and Lived to Tell the Tale

    We built the Civis Platform with Ruby on Rails. In the Ruby ecosystem, there are few dependencies that are more involved than this one. And while it may not be exciting to keep it updated, it is...

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  • Want to be a Better Engineer? Be a Better Researcher

    Want to be a Better Engineer? Be a Better Researcher

    I used to think the best engineers are the ones that write the cleanest code. When I started out developing software, I thought it was all about writing the cleanest and fastest. And of course,...

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  • ‘Uninsured:’ How One Word Can Bias Your Survey Results

    ‘Uninsured:’ How One Word Can Bias Your Survey Results

    Words matter—especially words in survey questions. They can make the difference between getting good data, bad data, and mystery data. Exhibit A: the word “uninsured.” The Affordable Care Act...

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  • Who Do Consumers Really Think Should Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Data Science Has the Answer

    Who Do Consumers Really Think Should Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Data Science Has the Answer

    With Oscar night fast approaching on Sunday, the question on the minds of movies fans is which of the nine nominated movies will walk away with the Best Picture award. As data scientists, we...

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  • A Deeper Dive into our Super Bowl Analysis: Did the Messages Score with the Viewers?

    A Deeper Dive into our Super Bowl Analysis: Did the Messages Score with the Viewers?

    Last week, we released our Super Bowl advertisement findings on brand impact and awareness, using Civis Research, for three brands: Buick, TurboTax and Wix. Our research showed that established...

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  • Most Americans Support Paid Family & Medical Leave

    Most Americans Support Paid Family & Medical Leave

    Here’s a hypothetical no-win situation to consider before you read any further: Choosing between your job and your family. You can go to work and keep your paycheck, or stay home to take care of a...

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  • The Science Behind our Super Bowl Advertising Analysis, Powered by Civis Research

    The Science Behind our Super Bowl Advertising Analysis, Powered by Civis Research

    Have you ever made a decision based on gut? What about a $5 million decision? Many brands buy an ad during the Super Bowl because they think it might increase their brand awareness, but many...

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  • An Open Letter to Young Engineers on Writing Code in the Real World

    An Open Letter to Young Engineers on Writing Code in the Real World

    Schools teach you how to write code—how to take an idea and turn it into software that does exactly what you want. This is great. It’s fundamental. What school doesn’t prepare you for, however,...

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  • Super-Fast, Hyper-Accurate Market Research Made Easy

    Super-Fast, Hyper-Accurate Market Research Made Easy

    Six months ago I sat down with Dan Wagner, our CEO, and had a heart-to-heart on the state of survey science. We talked about the challenges of it—in exclamation points, asterisks, and other...

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  • How the Robin Hood Foundation Uses Data Science to Fight Poverty

    How the Robin Hood Foundation Uses Data Science to Fight Poverty

    Two of the most effective federal anti-poverty programs in the United States are the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The EITC, a tax...

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  • How We Fine Tuned Lyric Opera’s Marketing Efforts

    How We Fine Tuned Lyric Opera’s Marketing Efforts

    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,...

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