Upon Inspection

Doing stuff with data

Introducing: rcrunchbase

In case you were intrigued by the last couple of posts about mining CrunchBase, I wanted to make you aware that the development¬†has progressed quite a bit and you can … Continue reading

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The cost of premature aggregation

Here is a common situation: a client calls, asking to know the average giving for the year for any prospect in her unit’s portfolio. As an analyst, I want to … Continue reading

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Mining CrunchBase, part II

In part one, we created some basic functions that handle the nuts and bolts of interacting with the CrunchBase API — authorization, sending GET requests, parsing the response data, and … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mining CrunchBase, part I

My colleague asked me this week if we could quickly discover Cal alums listed in CrunchBase. I spent some time clicking around on the site, and reading the documentation for … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 9 Comments

Some teamwork, a map

My colleague, a prospect researcher, had queried our database to pull a list of several thousand suitable technology related alumni in response to a request from one of her clients. … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

How do you do documentation?

This post includes a PDF that I couldn’t embed but that I would love for you to take a look at:¬†Capacity Model Among the many things about my job that … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Correct link for the SF map

In my previous post I gave an incorrect link for the interactive San Francisco map. The post has since been fixed, the correct link is: http://tarakshah.org/demos/sfmap.html

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Making it interactive

(update: 7/31/2013 — I noticed I had the wrong link posted for the San Francisco map. It’s been fixed now, sorry!) This post is a quick but (I think) exciting … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Visualizing the campaign

At UC Berkeley we’re coming up on the end of a campaign. A few months ago, I was asked to do some analysis to see if we were on track … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mapping data from the American Community Survey

Geographic context has been coming up a lot recently in the conversations I have with clients. While it’s easy enough to plot prospects on a state or county map, or … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

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