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Our Analytics at Work in the Rail Industry

Here is a fun little illustration depicting some of the work we at First Analytics have done in the rail industry.  It's patterned after Richard Scarry's classic children's illustrated book, "What do People Do All Day?" Several of these stories…

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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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Beyond Data Science: Industrial Engineering

Much attention has been heaped upon the data science profession for about a decade now, including by our own chairman, Tom Davenport, who called it "the sexiest job of the 21st Century".   Well-known hierarchies of types of analytics generally show…

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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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