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Analytics Dispatch 6/25/2018

The best Mario Kart character

The best Mario Kart character according to data science
The next time you bust out your Wii or Nintendo Switch, you'll know which character/kart/tire configurations will get you across finish line first. - Civis Analytics

Add Constrained Optimization To Your Toolbelt
Stitch Fix shows how they use constrained optimization to get work to stylists and warehouses in a manner that's fair and efficient, without cutting corners on client experience. For those fluent in Python: you should be able to model your own business problem by the end of this post. - Multithreaded

Census Oddities
So many analyses are built on data from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, but those datasets have their own quirks you need to watch out for. - Carto Blog

Model Tuning and the Bias-Variance Tradeoff
This visual intro to machine learning covers how errors can arise due to assumptions that are overly simple (bias) or overly complex (variance). - R2D3

Migrants Are on the Rise Around the World, and Myths About Them Are Shaping Attitudes
Here's just one tidbit from this incredible feat of data journalism: “Almost a quarter of French respondents, as well as nearly one in five Swedes and about one in seven Americans, think the average immigrant gets twice as much government aid as native residents do. In no country is this true.” - The New York Times

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