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When we think of computers, we think of the twenty-first century. But did you know that India started using them back in the 1950s? Computers were the unexpected secret sauce for accelerating India’s economy after Independence. The government used them to process massive amounts of data and generate complex statistical models of the economy. How did the Indian government start…

This year, over 1,000 attendees, 40 speakers, 19 sponsors, and more people from the data science and tech community witnessed the magic of The Fifth Elephant. Now, have you ever wondered how one of India’s most popular data science conferences got its name?  We have an answer! Turns out The Fifth Elephant was named after a fantasy novel of the…

Ever wondered what led to humans taking over the skies? Sure, we all know the Wright brothers were the pioneers of controlled flight. However, do you know why two flight enthusiasts from Dayton, Ohio succeeded? This is the incredible story of two 20th century humans of data. Read on to find out how their historic accomplishment fueled the age of…

comparative thematic mapping with mapdeck
You may be familiar with principles for good data visualization when it comes to ordinary bar plots, scatterplots, and line plots. However, geospatial data visualization has its own set of principles for effective and honest communication. The answer to what is the “best” style of geospatial data visualization often depends on the type of data

Data is most valuable when you have something to compare it to, but these comparisons aren’t helpful if the data is bad or irrelevant. Data is most valuable when you have something to compare it to. For example, it’s nice to know that your program helped 150 people this year, but that doesn’t tell you what you should do next…

At the 14 July R User Meetup, hosted at Atlan, I had the pleasure of briefly introducing the relatively new tidytext package, written by Julia Silge (@juliasilge) and David Robinson (@drob). Essentially this package serves to bring text data into the “tidyverse”. It provides simple tools to manipulate unstructured text data in such a way that it can be analyzed…

Unleashing the power of alternative data to transform India’s battle against malaria Too many malaria cases, too little data Today, India is fighting one of its toughest battles against malaria. With a malaria prevalence rate 1.5 times greater than that of Southeast Asia, India accounts for over 67% of malaria cases in the region. What’s even more worrying, however, is that this…

Today hedge funds use alternative data to shape their investments. Why can’t organizations use it to shape their own future? In the fall of 2015, Chipotle (an American food chain famous for its massive burritos) was rocked by a series of health scares. From August to December, norovirus and salmonella broke out in 19 locations across California, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The…