August 14, 2014• 2 minute read
The public table API makes it easier to get your datasets into Mode using scripts written in languages like Python, Ruby, and R. Data uploaded through the API is available as tables in our public PostgreSQL data warehouse.
July 23, 2014• 15 minute read
The world is full of interesting datasets. But even though data is increasingly accessible, it's sometimes hard think up an interesting problem to analyze. Maybe there are just too many possible questions, maybe it's a pain to set up analytical tools, or maybe it's just too easy to get distracted by animal GIFs.
July 8, 2014• 3 minute read
Several years ago, I made the jump from being an Washington, D.C. policy analyst to a data analyst at a San Francisco tech company. Prior to making the transition, I didn't see value in learning SQL. I analyzed data day in and day out, but found little reason to leave Excel.
Learning SQL changed my perspective on the how to analyze data. Here are five of the biggest reasons why, which I've learned apply to all sorts of people who ask questions of data:
June 17, 2014• 2 minute read
The world is producing fascinating data at an unprecedented pace, on subjects ranging from air quality in Chicago, to the economics of healthcare, to tattoo trends in the NBA. Hidden in this data is a wealth of insights. We're not uncovering them fast enough.
We started Mode last August to make data analysis more open and collaborative. We believe that, when empowered to work together, analysts can significantly speed up how quickly we learn from data. Today, we open Mode to public beta.
January 30, 2014• 7 minute read
What makes a good startup founder? It’s a question asked from all angles, on topics ranging from education to technical literacy to personality types. But one of the most interesting debates centers around founder experience.