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Analysis

July 30, 2018 3 minute read

Knowing Your Blindspot as an Analyst

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Derek Steer

CEO

Before starting Mode, I was an analyst. It's embarrassing to admit, but at the time, I thought I had all the answers. I thought that being the one with access to data made me the arbiter of truth, and that I was right by default when talking with someone who wasn't using quantitative information to back up their ideas.

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General

July 25, 2018 2 minute read

Summertime Gladness: Mode Gets Better

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Katie Lane

Product Marketing Manager

We are always looking for ways to improve Mode. Sometimes this means adding completely new features, but other times this means taking a close look at all of the little details that make up the every day Mode experience, and figuring out how to make it even better. This quarter, we have been steadily pushing out subtle improvements to refine and perfect the way Mode works. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorites.

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Data Teams

July 18, 2018 5 minute read

3 Analytics Leaders on Building Efficient Teams

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Tayler Mehit

Associate Marketing Manager

What makes an analytics team great? To find out, we interviewed the leaders of three. Our discussion ranged from team structure, to mission-driven motivation, to measurement of success. Their responses can help other folks steering analytics ships of their own form high-level philosophies to keep their teams on track.

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Data Teams

July 11, 2018 4 minute read

The Big Four Reasons Companies Struggle to Hire Data Talent

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Derek Steer

CEO

Between the thousands of data scientists, analysts and others who use Mode every day, and the hundreds of companies that run their analytical operations on Mode, we hear from both sides of the data talent market. From these conversations, we've noticed some common reasons that companies struggle to hire data talent:

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Visualization

July 2, 2018 13 minute read

12 Extensions to ggplot2 for More Powerful R Visualizations

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Asha Hill

Customer Success Analyst

If you're one of the world's many fans of ggplot2, you may at times find yourself looking for additional bells and whistles to extend its functionality. Lucky for you, the R community has been hard at work building extension packages for ggplot2 over the past 10 years. Today we're featuring 12 of our favorite ggplot2 extensions, to help you add more power and polish to your ggplots—or just to make them easier to create.

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Analysis

June 25, 2018 4 minute read

3 Weird Analytical Practices at Mode

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Tayler Mehit

Associate Marketing Manager

For many of Mode's employees, this is their first job at an analytics company. Those team members often assume that Mode's internal analytics processes mirror the way analysis is commonly conducted within other organizations. In some ways, that assumption holds true. As CEO Derek Steer puts it, "I wish I had a more mind-blowing story for how we do internal reporting... But mostly, it's funnel analysis." That said, we approach analysis from some uncommon angles.

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