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Nowcasting Chicago Crime with R

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. In my many years as a data scientist, I’ve spent more time doing forecast work than any other type of predictive modeling. Often as not, the work’s involved forecasting demand for an organization’s many products/lines of business a year or more out based on five or more […]

An Alternative View of Stock Market Returns

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. Last week wasn’t a good one economically for the POTUS. February jobs numbers were much lower than anticipated; the balance of trade deficit ballooned to its highest level in a generation even as the president doubled down on purported deficit-busting tariffs; the budget deficit skied to record […]

Evidence, the POTUS, Pandas, and Seaborn

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. In these highly-polarized political times, there seems no shortage of untruthful claims/boasts by the nation’s leaders. Alas, many citizens are highly credulous, blithely accepting the veracity of any statements from their tribes. At the same time, there are plenty of evidence-based skeptics who demand data before accepting […]

Revisiting the Data Science Suitcase

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. Two years ago, I wrote a blog entitled “What Size is Your Suitcase?” in which I recounted a holiday shopping “dilemma” my wife and I experienced  as we purchased mutual gift suitcases. The muddle revolved on which size bags to buy – large ones that could handle […]

M.S. in Data Science Curriculum

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. I’ve been blogging on Business Intelligence/Analytics/Data Science for 12 years. And I’ve been recruiting analytics candidates from top colleges for my consulting firms for even longer. Those who read my blogs know I’m pretty opinionated about what I look for in new grads, preferring students committed to […]

Data Science and Data Analysis

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. I met up with a grad school friend of 40 years the other day. While he earned a doctorate and became an academic luminary, I departed the program with a masters in statistical science and went on first to the not-for-profit and then to the business worlds. […]

Presidents and Stock Markets with R

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. My suburban Chicago neighbors and I were at it again, discussing politics, the economy, and the stock market at an end-of-summer barbecue. Though there’s little support for the current POTUS, the group is differentiated red from blue economically, and discussions are generally quite lively. On the one […]

Chicago Crime Q2, 2018 Update

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. In my April blog, I reported an update on violent crime in Chicago from January 2001 through March 2018. This is a continuation of analysis I’ve regularly conducted, born of concern for the staggering 50+% increase in Chicago homicides in 2016 from 2015, along with an only […]

Data Science Compensation Survey

Click to learn more about author Steve Miller. I recently came across an article in Forbes on the salaries of Data Scientists. The piece summarized findings from the just-published 5th-annual Burtch Works Study: Salaries of Data Scientists. The study is generally well-done, providing insight into trends and breakdowns of compensation for Data Science professionals. I […]

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