This Week’s Top 5 Posts on Data

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Notepad++: A guide to using regular expressions and extended search mode by Mark Antoniou

“The information in this post details how to clean up DMDX .zil files, allowing for easy importing into Excel. However, the explanations following each Find/Replace term will benefit anyone looking to understand how to use Notepad++ extended search mode and regular expressions.”

Look at Cook sets a high bar for open government data visualizations by Alex Howard at O’Reilly Radar

“Every month, more open government data is available online. Open government data is being used in mobile apps, baked into search engines or incorporated into powerful data visualizations. An important part of that trend is that local governments are becoming data suppliers.”


How Data Science is Shaping Social Science by Audrey Watters at O’Reilly Media

“We talk a lot about the ways in which data science affects various businesses, organizations, and professions, but how are we actually preparing future data scientists? What training, if any, do university students get in this area? The answer may be obvious if students focus on math, statistics or hard science majors, but what about other disciplines?”

Honing in on the Value of Social Media Data by Gib Bassett at Teradata

“My colleague in Consumer Goods, Tim Shaw, recently passed along an interesting article from Deloitte titled “Making Sense of Social Data.” It raises a number of points applicable to consumer goods as well as other industries, but most interestingly concludes social media data’s greatest value is realized when connected “very deeply into your operating model,” and is of an implicit nature. That’s not how most businesses employ social media data currently.”

How To Build A Work Wardrobe From Scratch (Infographic) by Column Five Media

“It’s a catch 22: You need nice clothes before you start your job, but you don’t have the money to buy nice clothes because you haven’t started your job. Here are some budget friendly ways to deck out your wardrobe.”