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Data Wrangling 101: Using Python to Fetch, Manipulate & Visualize NBA Data


Last week, Viraj's article by this name was featured on the Yhat blog... Yhat makes data science [app]plicable for developers by allowing data scientists to programmatically employ R and Python models into production applications via REST API endpoints. The Yhat blog focuses on data science, machine learning and engineering. Check out the intro, which links to the full post on Yhat!

Topics: data science

Six Principles for Sending Surveys

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes, 11 seconds

One of the most common methods an organization can use to collect data is through sending out surveys. At face value, this seems perfectly simple. After all, you just want a few simple answers to a few simple questions.

It’s only when you want to take these responses and try to derive insight out of them that things become very difficult.

Topics: data science

Why Is My Data Playing Hard to Get?

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes, 3 seconds

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that we talk a lot about everything industries (from healthcare to the NBA) can do with data properly structured and stored. But what kind of data are we talking about and why exactly is it so hard to access, organize and store?

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 3

Day 3 of PLOTCON rolled out the red carpet for some data analytics superstars including the creators of Jupyter and Anaconda. Viraj and Ben started to write their daily wrap-up (check out Day 1, Day 2 and why we're even here, if you missed it), but it quickly turned from a wrap-up to an open fanboy letter to the analytics community. We had to edit it a bit, but enjoy!

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 2

Day 2 of PLOTCON has wrapped, so it’s time for the Astronomer team to debrief from the day. If you missed it, first check out why we’re here and what we learned on Day 1.  

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON: Day 1

Ben and Viraj just got done with day 1 of PLOTCON 2016. (If you want to know why they're excited to be there, check out Viraj's post about it.) After all the presentations and exhibitions, they sat down to go over their thoughts and shared their conversation with us. Here’s what they had to say: 

Topics: data science

Astronomer Takes PLOTCON 2016: Why We're Excited

I’m in NYC with Ben, our Head of Delivery, to attend PLOTCON 2016, a 4-day conference for data visualization hosted by the makers of Plotly (and RStudio and Domino), which is an open source visualization library. Plotly is one of Astronomer’s favorite open source tools and always gets great reactions from our clients. We plan to document our time here, so look for daily updates! But first, a bit about why we love Plotly:

Topics: data science

From Superstar Culture to Moneyball: How Data is Changing the NBA

Data is quickly overtaking every industry. Business decisions on everything from how much inventory to buy to how many employees to hire are being influenced by newly-available data points and continually decreasing cost of computing power. These same drivers are creating an “everywhere analytics” culture that impacts us everywhere—and that includes professional basketball. So in honor of the tip-off of the 2016-2017 NBA season, let’s take a look at how data is revolutionizing basketball.

Topics: data science

Press Release: CVG Announces Partnership with Astronomer

CVG Partners with Astronomer

Airport samples innovative data science with local startup

Topics: data science growth startups

Data Jam: Improving the Accuracy of Dental Provider Directories

Last week, we participated in (and won!) our first official hackathon, Data Jam, sponsored by Humana and Spry Labs.

Topics: data science culture