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Analytics Dispatch 12/7/2015
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Analytics Dispatch, a weekly email about data, data science, and analytics, curated with love by the team at Mode.
This week's finds include smiles, agriculture, Airbnb, and more.
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Why people used to look so serious in photos but now have big smiles
If you've ever seen a photo from the 19th or early 20th century, you've probably noticed that our ancestors smiled less than we do today. Now there's data to prove it. Find out what researchers discovered when they used a deep learning algorithm to measure lip curvature in nearly 38,000 yearbook portraits taken of high school seniors between 1905 and 2013. Wonkblog
SO MANY OPTIONS
Choosing a Database for Analytics
A comprehensive rundown of criteria to consider when you're ready to dedicate a database to analytics. Use this guide to evaluate your options depending on the type and size of your data, the state of your engineering resources, and your need to analyze data in real-time. Segment
LEAVE YOUR SPREADSHEETS AT HOME
Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data While your Fitbit or Apple Watch can be great for tracking your activity and weight loss, it might not help your doc too much. From these doctor's perspectives, the most promising wearables are yet to come. MIT Technology Review
Podcast: Data Down on the Farm
This episode is part of a series about data and food from Andreessen Horowitz. Learn how farmers are using software and analytics programs to monitor crop health and performance, implement agricultural policies, and adopt revenue-focused business practices. Andreessen Horowitz
DATA DOESN'T LIVE IN A VACUUM
Big Data Still Requires Humans To Make Meaningful Connections
It's easy to get swept up in the exciting opportunities big data presents and forget that data alone isn't a solution—it's a tool to help solve problems. This article hits on a sentiment we've been hearing a lot lately: “we still need humans to help make sense of the data we are collecting.” TechCrunch
Last week, in an effort to create transparency, Airbnb voluntarily released data on rental listings in New York City. The data set includes anonymized information about Airbnb hosts, including types of listings, host earnings, and the median number of rental nights by zip code. As journalists and analysts get their hands on the data, the conversation heats up:
- Airbnb Says Data Dump Shows Misuse of Service Is Rare (The New York Times)
- Airbnb’s worst problems are confirmed by its own data (The Verge)
- Members of the Mode community shared how they approach centralizing their analytics teams
- RJMetrics determined where prospects were getting stuck in their onboarding funnel.
Have a great week!