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Making a Project Calculator with Shiny Apps

The past few weeks I have been working on the Coursera course "Building Data Projects." They introduce some great tools for building a data app, one of which I have been meaning to try for quite some time - Shiny Apps. Shiny in an application framework that allows the creation of sweet data apps only using some "basic" r scripting and a little understanding of how a user would need to input data. Here's my current working POC for a business intelligence project calculator. Hopefully I'll be able to ad some information later around how I made it.

Tableau Holiday Quiz Viz

A fun viz using custom shapes in a scatterplot. Happy Holidays!!!

Integrating R in TERR

Lately, I've been building the Dallas Office for Syntelli Solutions. One of core service offering is that of integration:

Advanced R Programming (And Why that is Important)

Thanks to Reddit.com/r/programming for directing me to this excellent compilation of R programming information by Hadley Wickham.

Most of us in analytics use R just to get stuff done. It has a large number of packages that lets us produce insights at our own pace. What I mean by "at our own pace" is that we typically analyse data either individually or within our team, with the results communicated to our audience independently of the analysis itself.

Helping Hungry Families with Business Intelligence

Recently I've had the opportunity to be a part of the advisory board for the Dallas Fort Worth Community Food Bank . My initial work was simply giving some advice on how they could increase their social media presence and accept bitcoin and dogecoin for donations; however, when they mentioned they needed a better way to track their customers, I realized I could use the same set of tools I use to help businesses to help families.

ESRI Tapestry Segmentation

Tapestry Segmentation allows for quick assessment of regional demographics, behaviors, and attitudes. For more info, see ESRI's website on Tapestry Segmentation, you can even get a sweet poster!

GoogleVis - Create Interactive Maps Online with Data in R

Creating interactive maps is typically either difficult (e.g. openheatmap) or expensive (e.g. ESRI). However, I came across an interesting R package not to long ago that allows for flexible online visualization of geographic data, googleViz. Below is a simple example using the included R datasets. It displays graduation rates by states, mousing over a state provides its name and given graduation rate. After the map is quick tutorial on how to do it.

HTML 5 Geolocation Testing

Tornado and Flood Map

A quick trial of ESRI's embedded mapping technology:

Excel Interactive Tables

Impressive (relatively) new feature from Microsoft. Here are Interactive HTML Tables by Excel. This feature has now been deprecated, sorry. Please see my more recent article on Embedding Excel in a website to see how you do it now