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Service or application to publicly visualize and analyze survey data?

I'm looking for a service or application that will make it easy for me to allow anyone to browse, analyze, and visualize the results of several large surveys (hundreds of questions, thousands of responses). Nothing overly complex – I'd just like people to be able to do some basic cross-tabulation and analysis of the survey responses. [more inside]
posted by muta on Jul 3, 2014 - 1 answer

Finding Computer Chess Analysis

When I was little I had a version of Chessmaster on a Windows computer, and the feature I found the most fascinating was that you could have the program analyze an entire game and the moves in it. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I be a well-informed UK voter?

I'm a new UK citizen, and I'd like to stay informed so that I can vote wisely (not just this week but in all elections to come.) Unfortunately, a lot of political coverage seems to focus on "Will talking about this policy help the party win?" while I'm more interested in "Will implementing this policy be good for the country?" So, what podcasts, Twitter feeds, or other resources tend to offer thoughtful, in-depth analysis of different party's positions on various issues? (I'm a big fan of the BBC's "Analysis" podcast, to give an idea of what I'm looking for.") [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Who would i hire to research a personal life? Literally.

So I'm trying to figure out who I would hire - theoretically - to do an index or census of a personal life. I want someone who would be able to look at a life (with consent) to study it. The person would follow a subject around to determine core friends/family/contacts on a daily basis and then do research based on relationships. Then they'd objectively drill down into some key data points. - How many of the people in my life up to one relationship away (aka my brother's good friends) are married or single and for how long - How many of my past relationships are single/married and for how long Beyond that maybe some polling on specific questions about the subject from those people. So who am I looking for here? Is it a Private Investigator? A sociologist? A statistician? A life coach? Is there someone in an "I Heart Huckabees" way that you hire to do this sort of thing? Is this already a job or service someone provides and I don't know the name?
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

You Can't Handle the (Next) Proof!

Working through Apostol's Calculus Volume I for personal development. Stuck on a proof, again. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Mar 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Is there a way to diagnose my twitter unfollowings?

I know about the sites that show who follows back and who doesn't, Etc. I am trying to find a way to know what the last tweet before people unfollowed was - like a way for me to try to figure what type of things my audience doesn't like (offensive? Boring?) Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Mar 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Software for computing the emotional intensity of messages?

Remember around 2000 when the Eudora e-mail program came with Moodwatch, which claimed to find out how "hot" your messages were running by looking for swear words (and maybe sarcasm, I'm not sure?) I wonder, is there free or open source software somewhere that has done the same thing? Or has anyone reverse-engineered Moodwatch to figure out how it works?
posted by steinsaltz on Feb 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Topological Data Analysis, I think it's called?

Using a dataset I would like to perform the type of analysis shown here: How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

You Can't Handle the Proof!

Working through Apostol's Calculus Volume I for personal development. Stuck on a proof. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Jan 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Home buying tools, maps, data crunching etc.

Glorious SO and I plan to buy a home in the next 18-30 months. I'd like to line up all the best tools, maps, and data to keep track of homes we've seen, neighborhoods and towns we'd consider, flood maps, commute times, train lines--really anything and everything that could inform this decision. Yes, yes, friends, colleagues and a good agent are great resources--but we want tools at this point! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can I bulk-download NBA box scores and stats?

I'm looking for every box score my favorite NBA team played in for this year and last. Where can I go to download this data? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Dec 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me crunch numbers...forever

What are some potential career paths for someone who loves doing data analysis? What can I be doing right now to build my skills and experience? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Dec 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Statistics for approval correlating demographic variable?

How do I use SPSS to analyze a range of approval ratings which vary by participant and correlate the skew to one demographic variable? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Nov 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me.

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Where do I start looking for a job?

I don't know where I should be looking in order to search for a job. (Peculiar Einstein-Bose Condensate details inside) [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I am looking for a cultural history of the beard.

No, not the hair that grows on your face. I want more information on the phenomenon the “fake wife” or “fake girlfriend” who accompanies gay men to Hollywood premieres. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Sep 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Career Development Suggestions for making sense of and displaying data

I currently work for a growing company doing various social media marketing for small businesses. I have been finding that I receive a lot of satisfaction doing activities related to what I learned in library school. I enjoy collecting, organizing, and providing data and information for our internal staff and making things approachable. One weakness I see is that we are especially data rich and insight poor with social media. I would like to know if there are any recommended programs for data mining or statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Sep 8, 2013 - 6 answers

We have the budget. Now let's analyze.

Last year, my SO posted this question about making a budget for our family. Your answers were very helpful. August 31 was the last day of our first budget year, and we did pretty well. But we wondered what are good ratios or metrics to gauge just how well we did and where we need to improve. [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Sep 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Movies where there is much more than meets the eye.

I'm looking for movies where paying careful attention to every frame and detail yields secrets that are quite different from the "main" surface story. [more inside]
posted by naju on Aug 19, 2013 - 39 answers

Statistical analysis of votes for a certain outcome

We have a group of six people with 55 different options. Each member of the party has to vote for each option under 8 different analyses i.e. appearance, distinctness, etc. The options are quality weighted. [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Analysing email for statistics

I have over 10 years of sent email sitting in a folder. Are there any tools (preferably for OS X or *nix, but anything interesting is welcome) that I can use to generate interesting statistics, or draw pretty graphs, word clouds... basically anything interesting that works on a huge number of emails.
posted by Mwongozi on Jun 28, 2013 - 6 answers

What makes it tick? What makes it NOT tick?

I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Extracting Data from SEC's EDGAR system: How (w/o XBRL)

Trying to run some value-investing analyses, and running into a huge roadblock. I want to extract SEC filings (via the EDGAR database) on a daily basis and have the data inserted into a MySQL database. I'm basically looking at forms 10-Q, 10-k, DEF-14a, and forms 3, 4, and 5. After the initial set-up, I'd only need to d/l forms that have changed (via change of timestamp, I'm assuming). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

A statistical analysis of a used motorcycle purchase?

I am looking at buying a used motorcycle. I would like to create a simple ratio for the bikes based on three criteria: mileage, price, and age. [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Simple data analysis in Excel

How can I easily analyse test score data in a spreadsheet with multiple independent and dependent variables in each row? [more inside]
posted by mxc on May 15, 2013 - 8 answers

How do you do keyword research for EBAY?

There must be a keyword analysis tool by now that specifically works for ebay listings ? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on May 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Where did my brain go?

Help me rescue my analytical faculties so I can survive the last months of grad school with my dignity intact. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Apr 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Decisions, decisions...

How can I avoid analysis paralysis in decision-making and pick what's "right for me" more consistently? How can I minimize regret? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Car-Buying Negotiations

I love my car. It is reliable, trustworthy, and it has carried me safely through at least one rather hairy situation. Best of all, it was cheap. When I touch the dashboard, I remember the thrill of the negotiation process, and even the salesman's sweaty palm as we shook hands on a price thousands of dollars lower than what my friend paid for the exact same model. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Jan 30, 2013 - 21 answers

News analysis

I need to do a rough and ready news analysis. I want to go to a specific news site and see the frequency of certain words and phrases before and after a certain date. Ideally, I'd be able to do this in a slightly more complex way, with combinations of words and phrases. I want to do this for free. Does such a tool exist? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I do a meta-analysis of just two papers?

I'm working on my first ever scientific paper: a meta-analysis of data from other studies. I've just finished my search for relevant papers. My paper is to cover two related (but different) topics (determined by my advisor). For Topic A, I have a fair number of papers (nearly 20) from which to obtain data. For Topic B, though, I only have two! Is it even possible to do a meta-analysis of two papers? If so how would I go about it? I'm asking y'all instead of my advisor because he is unavailable this week and next, and I want to go ahead and get going, at least by reviewing other meta-analyses so I can get a sense of what I need to do with the papers I've got.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Chart help needed: How to show proportion between two values?

What type of chart do I want to show that one number is several times as many as another? [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on Jan 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Seeking Truth Out of Fiction

Inspired by this post on the blue, I was wondering -- what are some examples of articles/blog posts where someone analyzed (presumably with tongue-in-cheek) a minor part of a fictional world in a serious way that treats the subject matter as truth, not fictional? [more inside]
posted by RabbleRabble on Jan 4, 2013 - 28 answers

Help Me Pick Good IT Training for 2013

Training for Senior Business Analyst - looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Stats-filter: Comparing individual means?

StatsFilter: How do I compare the means of an individual at three different points? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Dec 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Give me the "why?" of the weather

Where can I find detailed weather analysis for Canadian cities? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Dec 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Trapped in a local min.

I sort of know Matlab, R, SPSS, and C. But how do I really learn Matlab, R, SPSS, and C? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Former Account Exec with MBA pariah for data jobs?

Looking for how to get skills that would make me qualified for a data analyst position. [more inside]
posted by hrj on Oct 17, 2012 - 11 answers

I'll be the most powerful man in Hill Valley, and I'm gonna clean up this data.

Help me find this data analysis tool, so I can process lots of cool data. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Sep 5, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the most marketable computer/programming skills in the Seattle job market?

What are the most marketable computer/programming skills in the Seattle job market? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 on Sep 4, 2012 - 18 answers

can the second noun ever be the subject?

[Language Processiong / Grammar Question] With a pattern of noun infinitive adjective noun verb infinitive, can the second noun ever be the subject of the verb? Bonus question (below the fold): In the second case does the adverb of the verb always determine the sentiment of the second noun? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Sometimes a drawing of a pipe is just a drawing

Do you know or can you find any scholarly articles about analysing adults' drawings that do not relate to health? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for a blog, podcast, or website that dissects songs.

Looking for a blog, podcast, or website that dissects songs. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What web survey tools can give analytical feedback to survey taker?

Looking for a web based survey tool that can give feedback to survey takers at the end [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ on Apr 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Need an assist with some citation analysis

Highly cited journals in online / distance education? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Mad Men Analysis

I would like to find some high quality Mad Men analysis. Is it out there? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Mar 19, 2012 - 26 answers

Walk me through a multivariate regression

Stats filter. I am doing multivariate regression for the first time and I want to understand what I'm doing, having gone beyond my formal training. I have many possible ways I could formulate the regression (different variables to include) and I want to find a model that is both the best possible fit while using the fewest number of variables. How? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Salary Vs experience analysis

Need to do a simple analysis around pay and experience fairness. Example: Two project managers managing exactly same kind of projects and have similar performance levels: PM 1 -> Pay $130,000 ; Experience 15 years; PM2-> Pay $80,000 ; Experience 3 years; I want a mathematical way of analyzing if the person getting paid $80,000 is being under payed. Now I know there are industry standards and charts available. I want to do something that may not be perfect but gives a sense. How much weight should be given to experience and can this be factored in mathematically? Please dont get hung up on accuracy. I want a logical analysis method that does not need to be entirely accurate. Also, where can I find industry charts comparing pay and experience
posted by r2d2 on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

In the case of a person dying for whatever reason, why does it take so long for toxicology analysis to be conducted and reports delivered?

Post mortem toxicology tests - why does it take so long for results to be delivered? [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Feb 13, 2012 - 9 answers

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