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Before Data Science: Statistics

This post is a companion to our previous post, Beyond Data Science: Industrial Engineering.  The notion in that article was that there is more to analytics than just data science, the specific case being industrial engineering. For a long time…

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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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We Need People Analytics Now More Than Ever

  With the easing of the pandemic we are beginning to see increased employee turnover in what some are calling the "Turnover Tsunami"  Indeed, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is beginning to show very early signs of a…

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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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