Netflix’s Success With Data – Why You Need to Know About It

By now. you've probably heard about Netflix's recent success with their original content "Bird Box" and "Bandersnatch" (of the "Black Mirror" series). Both works are notable not only because of the amount of views and interest, but because of the data. Not only has Netflix mastered data collection, they've also been a data analytics giant in the industry. The streaming service is usually secretive about its data, but following the success of "Bird Box" they let us know more than 45 million...

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Resolutions: Why It’s Easy to Give Up

If you've ever made New Year resolutions, then you've probably felt the eventual dismay of abandoning your goals early in the year. And don't feel too bad, you're not the only one. Out of 40% of Americans who make resolutions, only 8% are able to make it to the end. But why is it so hard to follow through? What are we doing wrong? Data says... Giving up is pretty common, in fact 60% of Americans will fail to act on their resolutions. Even in other countries, people tend to give up within...

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New Year’s Eve Safety

Christmas festivities are over but there's still one more holiday to look out for. Have plans for New Year's Eve? Then take some time to look at year-end data and make your holiday a safe one. On the road By now, it's obvious that any holiday during the fall and winter months mean a lot of traveling. Crowds are expected when traveling, as are reckless drivers. Drinking alcohol is a guaranteed experience during the New Year celebration, which explains why car accidents increase more than 70%...

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Holidays Reveal Unexpected Data

Data analysis and data visualization are integral processes across many professional industries and fields. But this December season, consider all the unexpected ways data can be used for your personal use. Are you traveling or hosting dinner? What gifts do you need to buy? Whatever your plans are, keep an open mind and be analytical. Thinking of volunteering? We love to think that spreading holiday cheer to those in need is selfless act of kindness. And while it is a kind gesture, it's not...

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Algorithms Can Still Be Wrong

It's almost the end of 2018 and it's time to look back on all the new capabilities of AI. AI has definitely expanded and improved this year, but there are still areas of improvement, namely us. An ideal algorithm yields a functional AI system that can accurately act on its own. Unfortunately, that's not always the case and there are more disaster than you might think. You can't build effective algorithms if you don't understand the data yourself. When we think of complex AI algorithms, we...

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Winter Data & Dangerous Consequences

Winter is here which signals snow, holidays, and the flu season. As the season progresses, we start to change more of our routine to adjust. And now, we have endless big data sets to analyze. But some of that data doesn't bode well on our well-being and that of others. Data shows things are changing, and it's not all good. Tired and dreary A winter wonderland is pretty to look at, but the weather has a way of stifling our livelihoods. Winters mean shorter, darker, colder days which sets us up...

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AI Has a Creative Side

“It was nine seventeen in the morning, and the house was heavy.” Writer Ross Goodwin calls it "a beautiful line" in the classic American travel novel he tried to write, or rather the way he wanted the AI to write. Yes, that's right. Artificial intelligence isn't just customer service chats or eerie chatty robots anymore, they're artists. How do you program AI on artistic media? AI analyzes text, images, and sounds the same way it does numerical values, with algorithms. Detailed algorithms...

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Thanksgiving is for Businesses and Data

Thanksgiving has long been a family-centric holiday that features a picture-perfect feast against the chilly autumn backdrop. Over the years, Thanksgiving has changed, thanks to modern technology and capitalism. Many of us learned about the peaceful meal shared between Native Americans and early settlers, but that fairy tale history has hardly any meaning to the holiday now. Today (thanks to modern technology), data has transformed Thanksgiving socially and economically across multiple segments....

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Medicine: The Danger of Ignored Data

Data is plentiful, diverse, and requires a lot of work to be understood. Data analysis is the foundation of extracting key insights for analysts, designers, and anyone else involved in the process. But you need data visualization for everyone else. We all need to understand data when it directly affects us. But is it such a big deal if people just ignore it? Yes, and the world of medicine is a prime example of just how dangerous ignoring data can be. Data visualization is critical because it's...

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Psychology: How to Analyze Qualitative Data

It's not the most obvious or typical , but psychology and data are proving to be a powerful example of data visualization. Psychology, like many other fields and industries, is embracing the advances in digital data and data visualization. Data analysis isn't always a smooth process, especially when it comes to the data itself. Large data sets with countless variables and qualitative parameters aren't easily analyzed because there are fewer numerical values. So how do you integrate...

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