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Analytics Dispatch 6/20/2016

The 'Hamilton' algorithm

Real-time dashboards considered harmful
There's a certain allure to real-time data: your team can see what's happening right now and take action immediately. Ultimately, though, most real-time dashboards create a bunch of noise that distracts you from more important metrics. - Basecamp

How does 'Hamilton,' the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap's master rhymes to blur musical lines?
The Wall Street Journal made an algorithm that unpacks Hamilton's incredibly complex rhyming lyrics—and the results are fascinating. Pop in your headphones, pump the volume, and check out the methodology behind it all. - The Wall Street Journal

Deep Learning Isn't a Dangerous Magic Genie. It's Just Math
This essay is a godsend for those of us who have trouble understanding or explaining what exactly deep learning is. - WIRED

Escaping Excel Hell with Python & Pandas
A great presentation on the problems that arise from spreadsheet analysis and how you can ditch Excel by learning some Python. - Chris Moffitt

Data Journalism Awards 2016: what the winners tell us about the state of the data nation
The Data Journalism Award winners were announced last Thursday. Winners included ProPublica's Sisi Wei for her body of work, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for The Panama Papers, and Buzzfeed for Spies in the Skies. The director of the awards reflects on what these winners reveal about the state of data journalism. - Simon Rogers

New from Mode

Sourav Dey, chief data scientist at DataHoliks, concludes the two-part story of how his team helped Highfive predict customer engagement with SQL and Python.

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