Category Archives: Fun with Data

Finding and correcting bad data

David Lamb, Senior Solutions Consultant at Target Analytics and regular speaker at CPRA symposia, has a post on Blackbaud’s ProspcetResearch blog all about bad data. Here’s a snippet:  “One of the first lessons you learn as a prospect researcher is … Continue reading

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Search Globe

Google has posted a visualization of one day’s worth of searches from around the world. “The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see … Continue reading

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Have your predictive scores expired?

Kevin MacDonell over at CoolData Blog recommends refreshing predictive modeling scores every year or so.

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DonorsChoose.org seeks developers and data crunchers

Have mad skills and want to support education?  Check out DonorsChoose.org’s Hacking Education contest.  There are 7 categories:  Data Analysis, Javascript, .NET, PHP, Python, Ruby and Wildcard.  There are lots of prizes and the Big Winner gets to meet Stephen … Continue reading

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Astrology predicts major donors!

April Fool! But, Kevin MacDonell really did do some fancy stats to investigate if either Western or Chinese astrology (using prospects’ birth dates) could predict giving.  Alas, it’s not that easy.  Astrology wasn’t a valid method for predicting philanthropy.

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Data mining and non-alumni NPOs

Blogger Kevin Macdonell says that predictive modeling isn’t just for high ed after all.

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