Analytics Trends

Analytics Trends

The first computers were technological behemoths. They were not only feats of technical engineering but physical feats in their own right. Owning a computer was the preserve of the largest of companies, governments and militaries around the world. It was decades before the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Apple...
Dr. Cheryl Richards, the CEO of Northeastern University-Charlotte and Charlotte's 2014 Woman of the Year, spoke to a crowd at Skookum for a Tech Talk about data analytics. Here are some excerpts on analytics in business and how it pertains to Charlotte. On data analytics in business: CEO's are looking to improve their...
As the primary race for the presidential election drags on, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com lays out the data for how Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination. Spoiler alert: it’s not easy. According to Silver, Sanders will need 988 more delegates—a little less than 57 percent of the delegates...
March Madness is upon us, and everyone is obsessing over their brackets. Analytics is big business in the sports world, and college basketball is no exception; almost every big program today has at least one full time employee in charge of statistical analysis. And when that data is not...
The importance of changing technology in a presidential election may have first been emphasized by the famous Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960, where the new medium of television contrasted Nixon’s lackluster appearance with Kennedy’s youth and vigor, potentially tilting the election in favor of the senator from Massachusetts. Candidates have...
Love has always been big business. Valentine’s Day spending this year was estimated at a record-breaking $19.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, almost a billion dollars more than in 2015. And as more and more people...
Customers might not always be able to accurately convey what they want, but numbers don't lie. The most successful companies are the ones who prioritize data and use it to improve their product and keep their customers happy. Here are some of the many companies that have succeeded by putting data...

Sports by the Numbers

When you think of the Super Bowl, you probably think of touchdowns, eating too many chicken wings, and actually watching the commercials instead of just using them for bathroom breaks. But it may be time to start associating the Super Bowl, and sports in general, with the analytics that drive...
Big Data.  It’s a term you may have heard a lot in the past few years, a buzzword in news stories on subjects as varied as health care, the NSA, and the outcome of sports events.  And as Big Data becomes increasingly entwined with our everyday lives, it creates job...
Aldous Huxley once said that “facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored,” a quotation that can be illustrated by the data overload of today’s economy. Recent technology has made data exponentially more abundant than it has ever been. In 2010, Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google,...