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DSDC RSVP Visualization

Getting Acquainted Through Data

Hey there! I'm Bill, nice to meet you. I'm new to DSDC. I haven't even been to my first meetup yet, so I'm not sure what DSDC is all about. I'd like to learn more. But how? Sure, I could look at all the past event descriptions (and I have, cool stuff!), but it'd be nice to get an idea of DSDC event topics at a glance. This vis let's me do just that.

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Each of the words in the tag cloud was in a DSDC event name at least twice. Words are scaled by their frequency. Unsuprisingly, "Data" and "Science" are the most frequent. I can also see, though, that DSDCer's interact with data largely through regression and are also interested in data discovery and the presentation of results.

DSDC sounds cool, but how do I know that the meetup is going in the right direction? I want to be part of a group thats growing, not fading. Again, the data has answers to my questions.

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Wow, it looks like a really popular event took place in October! What was that? A quick vis of attendance by event should show me.

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Would you look at that, DSDC's most popular event ever - "Bayesian Data Analysis, The Basic Basics: Inference on a Binomial Proportion" - was in October. It's a shame I missed out. Oh well, at least next week's "Political Campaign Data Science" event is almost as big. I'm looking forward to it!

Oh wait, I'm on the waitlist. I guess i should have RSVP'd earlier. What time do DSDCer's typically RSVP anywhay? You can probably guess where I'm going with this...

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This graph may not come as a suprise to you, but it did to me. I don't think that many DSDCer's check meetup.com while they sip their morning coffee. But I bet that they do check their email. I have email notifications disabled for meetup.com, so I don't know about new events until I check the webpage in the evening. It looks like I'm in the minority. I should think about enrolling in email notifications if I want to join the morning RSVP rush.

I hope this vis has been as interesting to you as it was to me. I'm looking forward to attending DSDC events in the future and meeting other data heads.

May your residuals be normally distributed,

Bill