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Analytics Arrives in the Trucking Industry

There has never been a more challenging time for the trucking industry.  From driver retention and recruiting, to safety, maintenance, and fuel savings, leading companies are now beginning to use a data analytics approach to improve their operations and financial…

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Simpson’s Paradox and Safety Analytics

We previously wrote about Goodhart's law and how it poses a challenge to analytics over a period of time in the sense that "when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."  But that is not…

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What We Learned from Modeling the Pandemic

Data scientists at First Analytics were among many in the profession who were pressed into service to address the pandemic.  Our chairman, Tom Davenport, recently published several stories showing how various companies grappled with the radical change in their business.…

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Railroad car loadings have mostly recovered

Year-over-year comparisons can attribute too much of a volume decline to COVID-19.  That is what we showed at the beginning of the pandemic, with predictive analytics applied to railroad car loadings data from the American Association of Railroads (AAR).   The…

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