COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH in BOSTON and BEYOND SEMINAR: Bridging the Gap Between Data and Insight Using Open-Source Tools

Speaker: NICHOLAS ARCOLANO , RunKeeper

Date: Friday, May 01, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 11:45 AM

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Location: 32-124 Stata Center

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Host: Alan Edelman

Contact: Shirley Entzminger, (617) 253-4347, daisymae@math.mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH in BOSTON and BEYOND SEMINAR: Bridging the Gap Between Data and Insight Using Open-Source Tools

Despite the proliferation of open-source tools for analysis (such as Python and R) and those used for visualization (such as Javascript / D3), there often exist significant gaps between these areas, and those of us trying to navigate the complete arc from data to insight can encounter many obstacles along the way. Fortunately, in recent years there have been many efforts to fill these needs, and today distilling a meaningful visualization from raw data is faster and easier than ever before.

In this talk we will use will use examples in geospatial analysis and visualization to illustrate how to open-source tools like Python, geopandas, and TileMill work together. Using examples from the RunKeeper mobile app we will show how we currently use these tools to understand better our customers and their data, and to communicate with our colleagues, external partners, and the data community at large.

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Created by Patrice Macaluso Email at Friday, May 01, 2015 at 11:14 AM.