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How do I automagically display trending of complex data?

I need some suggestions for data analysis and displaying trending information. At the moment I'm doing this with a huge amount of Excel pivote tables. The goal is to highlight increasing trends and top hitters in some sort of (semi)automated way. The catch is that the data is pretty deep. For example, say I have a metric for "server rebooted for unknown reason"(which, by the way, is one of 50 things measured)...I'd like to also see the break down by server type and then by, say, location and then to see it by week. [more inside]
posted by Spumante on Oct 26, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I fit in to a new work culture without losing my mind?

I'm exhausted from trying to understand the working environment at a new job, and hoping the hive mind can help me figure out how to become better at this job. [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters on Sep 27, 2009 - 19 answers

What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis?

Lots of interrelated data, little idea of how to analyze it. What method or type of software is best for collecting complex information for future analysis? [more inside]
posted by newlyminted on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

A Graphic Equalizer for Images?

Is there such a thing as a graphic equalizer for images? Can I obtain it? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis on May 10, 2009 - 26 answers

Revenue per...eyeball?

Dotcom revenue statistics for dummies. I'm trying to get my head around how stats like revenue/page view, revenue/unique user, etc. are calculated and used. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Mar 27, 2009 - 1 answer

How is sodium in foods calculated?

Question about nutrition information - For products like pickles and olives, which are usually packaged in jars with brine, does the total sodium content listed on the facts (amount per serving x number of servings) include the amount in the liquid? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on Mar 21, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I best visualize performance data by tenure?

Excel charting help: Help me analyze sales stats based on salesperson tenure. [more inside]
posted by samuelad on Mar 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Radically remixed video

I'm looking for a website and video that described a man who wrote some software that radically remixed video. [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt on Mar 3, 2009 - 2 answers

I'm having a financial existentialist crisis

Have I been wrong on my financial core beliefs? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Feb 11, 2009 - 22 answers

Poetry Web Sites

Internet resources for understanding poetry. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)?

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)? [more inside]
posted by red_rika on Dec 19, 2008 - 2 answers

LiteraryFilter: Meaning of "Buried Talents" by Richard Matheson

I recently read the short story "Buried Talents" by Richard Matheson (of "I Am Legend" fame (Amazon link). What does it mean? Short summary: a strange man is uncannily successful at beating a carnival game; when he leaves, the man running the game (who had been getting flustered), appears very ill. [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac on Nov 29, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I get started with data visualization?

I'd like to figure out how to do good looking data visualization for reports beyond Excel charts, but without any coding/programming skills except xhtml/css. [more inside]
posted by icarus on Nov 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me find a shot-by-shot analysis of famous movie scenes.

Help me find some shot-by-shot breakdowns and analysis of famous movie scenes, with examples of the shots! [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Oct 10, 2008 - 7 answers

What is the linux command 'dt'?

Obscure linux/unix text processing command: what is 'dt'? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Oct 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Bail them out? Or let them reap what they sow? Who wins and loses?

Who will the current bailout plan benefit and how? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Principal components factor analysis and scale construction (PCFASCfilter) again

Principal components factor analysis and scale construction (filter) again. [more inside]
posted by proj on Aug 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Statistics Filter: Finding the top 10% from thousands of data points. Bonus question: inflection point value.

Statistics Filter: Finding the top 10% from thousands of data points. Bonus question: inflection point value. [more inside]
posted by lrivers on Aug 7, 2008 - 4 answers

A nowhere continuous derivative?

Is there a differentiable function f(x) such that the derivative is nowhere continuous? That is, f'(x) has no point of continuity? [more inside]
posted by thrako on Aug 1, 2008 - 16 answers

good movie analysis websites

Are there any good website where they analyze a movie thoroughly just as though you are in a film class (from cinematic, philosophical, psychological, etc. perspectives)?
posted by clueless22 on Jul 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Is TV real?!?

What are other sites that tell me about the "realness" of television shows? [more inside]
posted by parkerjackson on Jul 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Questions about Crystals

How do we know what makes up a gemstone? And did people know in the previous centuries when (I assume) these techniques weren't around [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jul 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Textual Analysis Primer/Examples?

Looking for a general background/framework within which to define the more technical aspects of a textual analysis project, as well as interesting examples of computer-driven textual analysis. [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 20, 2008 - 1 answer

If we build it will they come?

Say a large web based company like Amazon or eBay wants to roll out a major new feature but first needs to perform a cost benefit analysis. What's the process used to forecast the benefits? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on May 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Learning how to model the processes of a medium-sized business

A friend has recently been offered a position that will involve modelling the company processes in her company. She has a good knowledge of the business but needs to learn to formalize this knowledge into proper business process models. Where can she start a crash course on the formal approaches to modelling and creating diagrams of the processes used in this company of about 100 employees? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 on May 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Methods to achieve better tactical and strategic thinking?

Lately I have been playing many strategy board games and not winning that much. I feel I need to become a more adept strategic / tactical thinker. What books, mental exercises or other things could help me? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Mar 18, 2008 - 17 answers

A Different Perspective on HRC

Where's a good place to read some well-thought-out articles or websites that are in favor of Hillary? [more inside]
posted by hoborg on Mar 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I find no-nonsense, scientific analysis of important issues, practical advice, and forecasts for the future?

Where can I find no-nonsense, scientific analysis of important issues, practical advice, and forecasts for the future? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Feb 17, 2008 - 15 answers

What is a good software resource for test item analysis between teachers?

Help! I’m a language arts teacher and they are asking me to analyze data… [more inside]
posted by Macduff on Feb 12, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I annotate and tag text within multiple documents, so that I can categorize and search through my annotations later?

How can I annotate and tag text within multiple documents, so that I can categorize and search through my annotations later? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Jan 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Why does e^pi * i + 1 = 0 ?

I heard about a book that covered philosophical questions at the core of mathematics. This interests me, but I'm really interested because if I remember correctly it used understanding of euler's identity as an example. What was this book?
posted by phrontist on Jan 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Question: How is it possible to enjoy the moment while staying goal-oriented

Question: How is it possible to enjoy the moment while staying goal-oriented [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Should I break up with my psychoanalyst?

I'm having a difficult time working with my psychotherapist. Is this normal, or should I end it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2007 - 22 answers

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis?

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis? By 'twins' I mean two people born at the same time, rather than any unknown-to-me technical meaning for the word 'twins' in statistics. [more inside]
posted by teem on Sep 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Apple with a bitter taste.

Macbook warranty blues. I asked a question after I managed to mess up an OS X update and am thankful to report that all is well and all photos of my newborn are safe and well (and backed up!). However.. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Sep 4, 2007 - 3 answers

"Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach. Analysis?

help on fugues! im looking for analyses of the fugues in "Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Books on survey design and analysis?

I'm looking for books on survey design and statistical analysis. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jul 31, 2007 - 4 answers

What can I read to really understand how financial instruments work in the market?

I have become interested in finance. After lots of reading, I understand the mechanics of how most financial instruments work. Now I want to understand how they are used in the marketplace, specifically analysis or description of transactions and their outcomes. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on May 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Tools for Word Frequency Analysis

Is there a recent American Word Corpus available for free? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn on May 6, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I figure out the best time to rent?

Is there somewhere on the web that offers analyses of the best time to look for an apartment in an area (specifically, Berkeley/Northern Oakland)? Or, alternately, is Craig's List conveniently archived somewhere? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Apr 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Please recommend an Apache log analysis?

What open source package do you like for Apache logfile analysis? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 20, 2007 - 6 answers

How long have I been doing this?

Is there a way to analyse calendar (iCal) data that I've accumulated over the past year? For Example, Total hours spent doing X, or Total hours spent in Category A. [more inside]
posted by psyward on Jan 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Showing them what I'm worth

A company has asked me to serve as a "lead generator" for them. I will be paid an hourly fee to call potential customers, and then turn interested leads over to the sales team. How do I show my employer what the potential benefit would be vs. the cost of paying me? [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz on Dec 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Quick tips for Reading Comprehension sections in LSATs?

LSAT Filter: I'm taking the test next Sat and I could use any pointers or tips about reading comprehension... [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Nov 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Log File Analysis on OS X?

What software do people currently recommend using to do web log analysis on OS X? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Nov 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Analyzing mutual fund performance

How do I best analyze the performance of my mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Sep 25, 2006 - 13 answers

What is Multivarable Testing?

What is Multivariable Testing, really? It was mentioned in this NYTimes article, but the term is only ever used in relation to QualPro, Inc.. What is the real mathematical/statistical technique they're using? Is this related to the Taguchi Method? Can someone explain it to me?
posted by joshwa on Sep 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Tools for analyzing list-serv contents?

Tools to analyze a mailing list archive? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 31, 2006 - 6 answers

Can this be decrypted?

Is Scientific American's spell-checker broken? (via justkevin) [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 4, 2006 - 9 answers

Where can you commission a report about the effectiveness of a website?

How bad is this website, really? Are there services that you can pay to commission a report that will tell you just how bad your website really is? [more inside]
posted by jmevius on Aug 1, 2006 - 4 answers

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